‘Le vase bleu aux deux corbeilles de fruits’ (c. 1961-64), #MarcChagall
Russian-born artist Marc Chagall lived through many of the traumas of the #20thCentury: he survived Tsarist pogroms, Soviet communism, two #European wars and Nazi persecution and yet these atrocities did not dampen his creative spirit: ‘I want to see a new world.’
Chagall’s humanity is what made him a great artist and though his Jewish roots are important, he was above all, an artist for a suffering mankind.
Born in Vitebsk (now Belarus) in 1887, Chagall studied #art in #StPetersburg before moving to #Paris in 1911. In 1914, he returned to #Russia briefly but was marooned by the #FirstWorldWar and #RussianRevolution. He finally returned to #France in 1922 but in 1937, was denounced as a ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis. He fled to the US in 1941, not returning to France in 1948. The present work is heavily influenced by the luminosity of the Mediterranean landscape he settled into after his wife’s death (1948), where he remained until his own in 1985.
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