Well your Birthday is over now I hope you liked your presents and if you didn’t, you could always write to Santa for some different ones, Christmas is very close now and I like you am always excited by the magical time.
This week I have been reading about Marc Chagall, much of his work is based on his childhood memories growing up in a Jewish town in Russia. For a modern painter his work is very figurative and his palette, were he slightly older, would have qualified him as a fauvist rather than an expressionist.
When you begin to look close, it is quite astonishing, how the modern art movements influenced individual artists. The movements were of quite short duration and an individual artist would live through or alongside many movements picking out the parts that he or she felt that were relevant and incorporating them into their own practice.
I suppose this comes from looking at the work of your contemporaries in books and magazines and of course looking at historical artwork. Today it is more difficult to do this because in the current era art is not so vibrant in inventing the completely different every few years and art itself is not the major topic of international interest that it was in the twentieth century, perhaps football, particularly televised football is the new art.
But back to Chagall, I don’t recall having seen an original Chagall but I am looking forward now to seeing The Green Donkey at the Tate Modern in early January, so that I can look first hand at his brushwork and his palette.
From the image available on the internet the work is based on Chagall’s childhood memories, there is a definite air of Fiddler on the Roof about it Chagall of course being the major inspiration for that film. Like Kandinsky, Chagall was fascinated by the link between music and art and many of his works feature dancers and musicians.
There is a definite Fauvist influence on his colouring and though the composition does not appear to be based on the historical golden section there are curious coincidences that make the work appealing to the eye. Chagall’s use of line and colour flatten the picture plane making a pattern out of a figurative subject.
I will write more about it when I have actually seen it, until then.
My Love as always
Metzger,R, and Walther, I. F. (2000) Chagall Kohl: Taschen