By Victoria Charles
Marc Chagall used to be born right into a strict Jewish kinfolk for whom the ban on representations of the human determine had the load of dogma. A failure within the front exam for the Stieglitz university didn't cease Chagall from later becoming a member of that well-known institution based by means of the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the humanities and directed via Nicholas Roerich. Chagall moved to Paris in 1910. town was once his “second Vitebsk”. in the beginning, remoted within the little room at the deadlock du Maine at l. a. Ruche, Chagall quickly came across a number of compatriots additionally attracted by way of the status of Paris: Lipchitz, Zadkine, Archipenko and Soutine, all of whom have been to keep up the “smell” of his fatherland. From his very arrival Chagall desired to “discover everything”. And to his dazzled eyes portray did certainly show itself. Even the main attentive and partial observer is now and then not able to differentiate the “Parisian”, Chagall from the “Vitebskian”. The artist was once no longer jam-packed with contradictions, nor used to be he a break up character, yet he regularly remained diversified; he appeared round and inside of himself and on the surrounding global, and he used his current ideas and memories. He had an totally poetical mode of proposal that enabled him to pursue this kind of advanced path. Chagall used to be endowed with a kind of stylistic immunity: he enriched himself with no destroying something of his personal internal constitution. Admiring the works of others he studied them ingenuously, ridding himself of his younger awkwardness, but by no means wasting his authenticity for a second.
now and then Chagall looked as if it would examine the area via magic crystal – overloaded with inventive experimentation – of the Ecole de Paris. In such circumstances he could embark on a refined and critical play with a few of the discoveries of the flip of the century and became his prophetic gaze like that of a biblical formative years, to examine himself sarcastically and thoughtfully within the replicate. clearly, it absolutely and uneclectically mirrored the painterly discoveries of Cézanne, the fragile idea of Modigliani, and the complicated floor rhythms recalling the experiments of the early Cubists (See-Portrait on the Easel, 1914). regardless of the analyses which these days remove darkness from the painter’s Judaeo-Russian assets, inherited or borrowed yet constantly chic, and his formal relationships, there's consistently a few percentage of poser in Chagall’s paintings. The secret maybe lies within the very nature of his paintings, during which he makes use of his studies and thoughts. portray really is existence, and maybe existence is portray.
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About the Mirror (1915). “…It’s a strange thing - a mirror: a frame, like an ordinary picture, and at the same time in it you can see hundreds of different pictures, both very alive and yet instantaneously disappearing for ever”, wrote Chesterton. Could Marc Chagall avoid this motif, he who so intently studied the primordial conceptions of life - Time and Space? The mirror, extending and broadening the world, is able to shake and change it; the mirror, creating the “double” of the visible and, like any reflection, seeming to enter into an argument with time; the mirror, in which the ordinary world can suddenly frighteningly and gaily - appear to be foreshortened in strange ways.
The time has come to speak about what is thought to be Chagall’s central work from this post-Parisian period. About the Mirror (1915). “…It’s a strange thing - a mirror: a frame, like an ordinary picture, and at the same time in it you can see hundreds of different pictures, both very alive and yet instantaneously disappearing for ever”, wrote Chesterton. Could Marc Chagall avoid this motif, he who so intently studied the primordial conceptions of life - Time and Space? The mirror, extending and broadening the world, is able to shake and change it; the mirror, creating the “double” of the visible and, like any reflection, seeming to enter into an argument with time; the mirror, in which the ordinary world can suddenly frighteningly and gaily - appear to be foreshortened in strange ways.
Time is a River without Banks (1930-1939), Oil on canvas, Collection Ida Chagall, Paris. 51. Self-Portrait with Muse (The Apparition) (1917-1918), Oil on canvas, 148 x 129 cm, Collection Zinaida Gordeyeva, St Petersburg.