Chagall: Love, War, and Exile, for the first time in the U.S., explores artwork from the 1930s and 1940s by Marc Chagall (1887-1985), one of the foremost modernist of the 20th century. This was a significant but lesser-known period which Chagall spent in France and then in exile in New York due to World War II. Chagall invented his own syncretic style, drawing on elements of Russian Christian icons, Cubism, Surrealism, as well as folk tradition and Fauvist color, maintaining this independence consistently throughout his career.
Beginning with the evocative paintings from his years in France, the exhibition illuminates an artist deeply responsive to the suffering inflicted by war and to his own personal losses and intimate sorrows. In the late 1940s Chagall returns to colorful, joy-filled work celebrating love. The exhibition includes 30 paintings and 24 works on paper, as well as selected letters, poems, photos, and ephemera.
This application includes audio that features interviews with exhibition curator Susan Goodman, Chagall’s granddaughter and art historian Bella Meyer, and Professor of Art History at New York University Kenneth Silver. Seventeen selected images from the exhibition are also included.
Chagall: Love, War, and Exile
The Jewish Museum, New York 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128 September 15, 2013 – February 2, 2014
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