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R in the young Soviet Union a difficult existence in Weimar Germany occupied France and eventually the United States Throughout as Jackie Wullschlager makes plain in this groundbreaking biography he never ceased giving form on canvas to his dreams longings and memories His subject often than not was the shtetl life of his childhood the wooden huts and synagogues the goatherds rabbis and violinists the whole lost world of Eastern European Jewry Wullschlager brilliantly describes this world and evokes the characters who peopled it Chagall’s passionate energetic mother Feiga Ita his eccentric fellow painter and teacher Bakst his clever intense first wife Bella their glamorous daughter Ida his tough minded final companion and wife Vava and the colorful tragic array of artist actor and writer friends who perished under the Stalinist regimeWullschlager explores in detail Chagall’s. I wanted a good dive into the life of this artist My wish came true I appreciate how the author placed Chagall in the context of his family shtetl beloved passion for art and the history through which his life intersected Wullschlager s research truly was exhaustive and she did an excellent job of selecting what to include and exclude We meet so many people whose lives overlapped from teachers and students to financial supporters and friends other artists who became famous or didn t but Chagall doesn t know who will and who won t when he makes acuaintances of many The influence of Hassidic Judaism and Russia on him as a person and an artist was deep and life long He never felt truly accepted in Russian society nor in France his desired home until he was an old man America didn t appeal to him and other places in the world he visited turned out to be wrong turns certainly Germany became a nightmare and Israel seemed desolate and devoid of artistic appreciation His personal life was both secondary and essential to his art yet he used people and didn t realize it The author explores his weaknesses as well as his strengths She understands her subject Because she captures him so well we do too I wish there were examples of the art she describes even if in black and white I found their absence disconcerting The color plates are wonderful and I know it would have been prohibiitely expensive to include Still The index is inadeuate which bothered me For example to find pages where his son is discussed one must look for him by the last name of his mother s first husband McNeil even when he is at times identified as David Chagall These gripes are minor The book is an excellent compilation of Chagall s life and art as well as his relationship to other artists and the times in which he lived I wholeheartedly recommend it

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Chagall A Biography

Complex relationship with Russia and makes clear the Russian dimension he brought to Western modernism She shows how as André Breton put it “under his sole impulse metaphor made its triumphal entry into modern painting” and helped shape the new surrealist movement As art critic of the Financial Times she provides a breadth of knowledge on Chagall’s work and at the same time as an experienced biographer she brings Chagall the man fully to life ambitious charming suspicious funny contradictory dependent but above all obsessively determined to produce art of singular beauty and emotional depthDrawing upon hitherto unseen archival material including numerous letters from the family collection in Paris and illustrated with nearly two hundred paintings drawings and photographs Chagall is a landmark biography to rank with Hilary Spurling’s Matisse and John Richardson’s Picass. Sixty years an exileHe maintained his styleAnd his recollected visionFull of love and religion

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“When Matisse dies” Pablo Picasso remarked in the s “Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really Chagall A PDFEPUB or is” As a pioneer of modernism and one of the greatest figurative artists of the twentieth century Marc Chagall achieved fame and fortune and over the course of a long career created some of the best known and most loved paintings of our time Yet behind this triumph lay struggle heartbreak bitterness frustration lost love exile and above all the miracle of survivalBorn into near poverty in Russia in the son of a Jewish herring merchant Chagall fled the repressive “potato colored” tsarist empire in for Paris There he worked alongside Modigliani and Léger in the tumbledown tenement called La Ruche where “one either died or came out famous” But turmoil lay ahead war and revolution a period as an improbable artistic commissa. Although it s extremely well researched I find reading about some of the minutiae of Chagall s life a grind after 100 pages It s a pity because the author is trying to show the relationaship between his life s experiences his art but has included too much trivia so it feels like hard work wading through everything to get to the core


10 thoughts on “Chagall A Biography

  1. says:

    This is pretty good biography But it didn't begin to interest me until the 1940s in Chagall's life At that time already living in exile in France to escape the harsh regime of the Soviet Union Chagall and his family were forced to flee to America to escape the Nazis The chapters dealing with America and the subseuent return to life in France after the war have appeal It's in those years that love became impo

  2. says:

    This is a great biography of Chagall but it's also much than that The first half of the book covering the period up to Ch

  3. says:

    Although it's

  4. says:

    Jackie Wullschlager had just the right mix of historical data and display of artistic talent of her renown subject Marc Chagall that I could pick the book up after a long absence and finish it in one sitting Although not a past fan of moderni

  5. says:

    This is an amazing story of not only a famous artist but also of a survivor His achievement in art and his survivorship are feats for the time and place of his life This author shows how the survivorship helped create the artBorn on the wrong side of the tracks in the wrong side of the wrong country Chagall was fortunate to attend school One would have expected family pressure on him to pursue a practical career He went to St Petersburg to

  6. says:

    I wanted a good dive into the life of this artist My wish came true I appreciate how the author placed Chagall in the context of his family shtetl beloved passion for art and the history through which his life intersected Wullschlager's research truly was exhaustive and she did an excellent job of selecting what to include and exclude We meet so many people whose lives overlapped from teachers and students to financial supporters and friend

  7. says:

    As a child Chagall fainted to avoid confrontation blushed his lips with makeup made from pass over wine flour and rose petals and feared his kindly father He was his mother's favorite child; she paid his way but not his 9 siblings out of the Shtetl and into school despite his total social and scholastic ineptit

  8. says:

    Sixty years an exileHe maintained his styleAnd his recollected visionFull of love and religion

  9. says:

    When i was in 6th grade at my magnet middle school for art my art teacher gave us a tribute chair assignment We had to construct a chair out o

  10. says:

    A uite thorough and probably objective biography since not all of it was complementary It gives a good understanding of his motivations and different period I learned a great deal The pictures of the artist's works could have been organized much better and the coloring was poorly done

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