by Joan M. Rehlin
Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! In celebration of this holiday, we're sharing one artist's visual interpretation of love…
Marc Zakharovich Chagall (7/6/1887–3/28/1985) was born in Russia and spent much of his life there as well as in France. Associated with many styles (incl. Cubism and Expressionism) and most formats (incl. painting, stained glass, tapestries, book illustrations, fine art prints), Chagall was described by Picasso as being the only painter other than Matisse who understood what color really is. Although he had a reputation for being both an early modernist and a major Jewish artist, Chagall saw his work as "not the dream of one people but of all humanity.”
Over the Town (shown here) depicts Chagall and his wife, Bella Rosenfeld Chagall, flying over Vitebsk, Belarus, the small town where Chagall spent his childhood. Chagall, who painted other works of his wife and him in flight, created this one as a celebration of the love he and Bella shared. Over the Town is currently located at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia.
Over the Town, oil on canvas, 1918, by Marc Chagall
Jim Rehlin's Art Blog
Welcome to my Art Blog where I'll be presenting topics of interest in the fine art world, as well as featuring images of artwork by artists other than myself. Some of the artwork has been created by long-departed but well-known greats; some, by compelling contemporary artists. All will be pieces I find worthwhile to share with you, and if you like any of them, consider sharing the images forward to your own blogs and other social media.