Archive for 2013/11/07

Marc Chagall & His Own Words

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers in the Moonlight
Marc Chagall (1887-1985), a Russian–French artist, was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. He created a unique career in nearly every artistic medium, including paintings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries & fine art prints. Chagall’s haunting, exuberant, & poetic images enjoy universal appeal.

1914 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Blue Lovers
Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love. Chagall

1914 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Green Lovers
When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it – a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there’s a clash between the two, it’s bad art. Chagall

1915 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Birthday
Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers in Pink 1913

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Grey Lovers
Art is the increasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding.

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. Chagall

1954 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Le Champ de Mars
Art seems to me to be above all a state of soul. All souls are sacred… Chagall

1958 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Big Sun
All our interior world is reality, and that, perhaps, more so than our apparent world. Chagall

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) The Lovers
If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. Chagall

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Lovers
One cannot be precise, and still be true. Chagall

1969 Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Artist and His Love
The habit of ignoring Nature is deeply implanted in our times. This attitude reminds me of people who never look you in the eye; I find them disturbing and always have to look away. Chagall

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Couple Flying over Village
Mine alone is the country of my soul. Chagall

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) Equestrian 1931