Marc Chagall and his times : a documentary narrative

by Harshav, Benjamin, 1928-2015

Format: Print Book 2004
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Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  N6999.C46 H37 2004

This book presents a new and comprehensive biography of one of the most prominent artists of the twentieth century in dialogue with the events and ideologies of his time. It encompasses the 98 years of Chagall's life (1887-1985) in Russia, France, the US, as well as Germany and Israel, his deep roots in folk culture, his personal relationships and loves, his involvement with the art of the Russian Revolution, with Surrealism, Communism, Zionism, Yiddish literature and the state of Israel. The book exposes the complex relationships between Chagall's three cultural identities: Jewish-Russian-French. Indeed, it is a biography of the turbulent times of the twentieth century and the transformations of a Jew in it, his meteoric rise from the "ghetto" of the Russian Pale of Settlement to the centers of modern culture.

The book reveals Chagall's endless curiosity, his forays in many directions beyond painting and drawing: public art, theater and ballet, stained glass windows in churches and synagogues, lithographs, etchings, and illustrations of literature and the Bible. We observe the intricate relations between Chagall's life and consciousness and the impact of his life on the iconography of his art. Thus, the book provides an indispensable key to the understanding of Chagall's often enigmatic art. Indeed, it is a contribution to the understanding of some of the central problems of Modern art, such as the question of originality, the interaction between the formal discoveries of the avant-garde and cultural or multi-cultural representation, and the relations between an artist's art and his personal biography.

Renowned Israeli-American scholar Benjamin Harshav presents the first comprehensive investigation of Marc Chagall's life and consciousness after the classic 1961 biography by Chagall's son-in-law Franz Meyer. Harshav's narrative includes hundreds of private letters and documents written by Chagall and his contemporaries in Russian, Yiddish, French, English and other languages, translated by Benjamin and Barbara Harshav into English, and placed in their personal and historical context.

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Subjects Chagall, Marc, -- 1887-1985.
Chagall, Marc, -- 1887-1985 -- Correspondence.
Artists -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography.
Artists -- Russia (Federation) -- Correspondence.
Publisher Stanford, Calif. :Stanford University Press,2004
Contributors Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985.
Harshav, Barbara, 1940-
Language English
Description xx, 1026 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 963-992) and indexes.
ISBN 0804742138 (alk. paper)
0804742146 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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