By Franz Meyer
Marc Chagall is understood mainly as a painter of fable, however the artwork of this septuagenarian defies type. His fantasies of enthusiasts floating on air, of marriage ceremony bouquets towering above the skyline, of scenes recalled from his local Vitebsk in Russia, of opsy-turvy homes and church buildings, of fiddlers and aerial clocks— those are Chagalls photographs which are adored via his ever-growing public. yet Chagall, although thoroughly at domestic in Cubism, Surrealism, and Expressionism, hasn't ever belonged to any college until or not it's the varsity of Paris, within the urban the place he has frequently lived and the place a few of his maximum paintings has been comprehensive.
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Worked for a few months at was influenced by Repin. Mostly he painted Instruction was far less free than in the other school After leaving the Imperial Society's school, Chagall a private school. Saidenberg, the director, genre scenes from Russian history. and the pupils were obliged to adopt a typically Woman academic style. from Yet there is much more vigor in the naturalistic representation the works done at Pen's. Intense chiaroscuro brings out clearly the forms of This is particularly evident in Peasant (Classified Catalogue, 5), a study a professional model.
However, his contacts with the members of this group only really started in 1908 and 1909, during the lengthy in a free, personal expression, while the sure determination. Chagall considered his friend periods in Vitebsk that interspersed the years he spent in St. Petersburg. But Victor Mekler had already sponsored the decision to move to St. Petersburg. For years Chagall had suffered from the cramping narrowness of the Vitebsk environ- ment and now he became What he Pen. artistic ideas. painfully aware of the limits of urgently needed was to be able at But at that wanted to stay in what he could learn from draw freely on his fund of time he found the mere notion of leaving Vitebsk and taking himself to the capital quite inconceivable.
Petersburg Academy, had established himself in Vitebsk. He specialized in genre pictures and in portraits in the style of the official Salon artists, the Peredviscnniki (Society for Traveling Exhibitions). The walls of his and studio were covered with pictures from floor to ceiling. His method consisted in drawing from plaster casts and in open-air studies on the outskirts of the town. The motifs chosen conformed with the program of the Realism then current peasants working in the fields, water carriers, old women among cabins on the treeless staircase hillside.