Remembering Marc Chagall’s “I and the Village”

Tyson-Lord J. Gray

 

Marc Chagall,born July 7th 1887, was a Russian-French artist and was one of the most successful artists of the twentieth century. He was associated with several key art movements and created works in virtually every artistic medium including: paintings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints.

The painting above,I and the Village,is perhaps one of Chagall’s most famous works and was painted in 1911 making 2012 its 101stanniversary. Considering that this upcoming July 7th 2012 will also mark the 125th birthday of Marc Chagall, it is only fitting to remember this legend and his work.

Thought to be a portrayal of the artist’s small village in which he grew up, this painting connects the intimate and personal with the vast and far-reaching by including houses and an Orthodox church from the artist’s Hasidic Community with varieties of large and small…

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