Chagall: Love, War, and Exile

Chagall: Love, War, and Exile

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by Susan Tumarkin Goodman
     
 

Marc Chagall (1887–1985), one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century, created his unique style by blending richly colored folk art with Cubism, Surrealism, and imagery drawn from the Russian Christian icon tradition. This book explores a significant but neglected period in the artist’s career, from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through the

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Marc Chagall (1887–1985), one of the foremost modernists of the 20th century, created his unique style by blending richly colored folk art with Cubism, Surrealism, and imagery drawn from the Russian Christian icon tradition. This book explores a significant but neglected period in the artist’s career, from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through the end of World War II, which he spent in Paris and then in exile in New York.

Chagall’s paintings from this time express the horror of the Holocaust as well as hope for the survival of his people and belief in the ultimate triumph of love. Works use many of Chagall’s familiar figures—the Artist, the Bride, the Clown, the Wandering Jew—set in unexpected, often wrenching scenes. These contrast with lavish flower paintings that reflect the artist’s adoration of his wife, Bella. Less well known are Chagall’s canvases showing the Crucifixion of Jesus, often depicted as a Jew, and his rarely seen, dreamlike poems, eleven of which are published here. Susan Tumarkin Goodman and Kenneth E. Silver analyze Chagall’s complex iconography and phantasmagorical style, tracing his Jewish, Christian, autobiographical, French, and Russian sources. 

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“The handsome, well-illustrated catalog. . . includes an illuminating essay by the show’s curator, Susan Tumarkin Goodman”—Manuela Hoelterhoff, Bloomberg News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300187342
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2013
Pages:
148
Sales rank:
1,147,062
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Susan Tumarkin Goodman is senior curator at the Jewish Museum. Kenneth E. Silver is professor of art history at New York University.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For years I've given coffee table art books as Christmas presents; so, I ordered Chagall. I was pleased with the number of illustrations and the unfamiliar poems in it. Those, and that Barnes and Noble lost two other books I ordered, were the only reasons I actually broke down and gave this to artist relatives. I was frankly shocked to see how cheaply this was made and even more so to see it has Yale University Press imprimatur. It is printed in China with no book jacket and the cover art is just glued to the hard cover. This book is only for a collector of everything Chagall. The poor man deserves much better.