Marc Chagall: Painter of Dreams

Marc Chagall: Painter of Dreams

by Natalie S. Bober, Vera Rosenberry

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Subtle and enchanting, this finely detailed account celebrates Chagall's Jewish heritage as well as his creative life. Scenes of deep emotion--the boy's father throwing the rubles for his son's art lessons on the kitchen floor, the young Marc's prayer to be ``not like all the others''--counterbalance descriptions of the painter's magical imagery. Chagall's artistic development is scrutinized, along with the world events that shaped his personal life. Rosenberry's plentiful line drawings incorporate Chagallian motifs, gracefully linking the text to the artist's work. Unfortunately, only four color reproductions are included, but this sympathetic and vivacious biography shoud make readers want to search out more works by the great artist who never forgot his roots. Ages 9-13. (Dec.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-- It's useful to have stories of artists such as Chagall, who died a rich man, to offset the romantic myths of the starving bohemian. Bober tells his story in a straight birth-to-death line, a journey that goes through Europe and America as persecution of the Jews and then success goad him to frequent moves. She emphasizes his personal life, and offers her own interpretations of the artist's state of mind. The text deals with the man in a manner that matches his paintings, e.g., Chagall seems to be floating in a world of his own creation surrounded by a cast of those whose function seems basically to care for him. Rosenberry's few black-and-white vignette and full-page illustrations are competently drawn as decorative notes but do not amplify the narrative. Four high-quality, full-color reproductions are also included. --Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus

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Jewish Publication Society
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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