Marc Chagall and the Lost Jewish World: The Nature of Chagall's Art and Iconography
"If I were not a Jew . . . I wouldn't have been an artist, or I would be a different artist altogether." -Marc Chagall, Leaves from My Notebook. Marc Chagall is one of the most popular artists of the 20th century, famous for his poetic, surreal images that represent a topsy-turvy world, combining fantasy and spirituality with a modernist style. This volume serves as a guide to the iconography of Chagall's best-loved work—in which he frequently included Jewish symbolism and folklore, sometimes overtly, sometimes in hidden, quite meaningful ways—offering insight into Chagall's Jewish roots and succinct interpretations of his major paintings, from his early masterpieces made in Russia and in Paris to his Yiddish art theater paintings. Harshav illuminates Chagall's most famous paintings of the Jewish shtetl, or provincial Russian town, and highlights the recognizable trademarks of his art, such as the "fiddler on the roof." It also interprets in detail Chagall's theater murals and his beautiful stained-glass windows at the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Although Chagall is not known only as a Jewish artist, his background was the prism through which he saw the world and served as the language of his universally loved art.
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Marc Chagall and the lost Jewish world: the nature of Chagall's art and iconographyUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Harshav (comparative literature, Hebrew languages, & Slavic languages, Yale), who has written elsewhere on Marc Chagall (e.g.,Marc Chagall and His Times: A Documentary Narrative ), here examines ... Read full review
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You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy and learn from this. It teachws you how to understand the language of color and imagery with which a painter seeks to communicate. This will enrich your ability your ability really to enjoy art Read full review