Chagall. Los años decisivos, 1911-1919
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In 1911, there was a key turning point in the early work of young Marc Chagall, as a result of the sharp contrast between the life he had lived in his native Belarus and his new experiences in the French capital where he had moved to. Up to 1914 he worked in Paris and created a series of works in which his memories of daily life inside the Hasidic community in Vitebsk are mixed with icons of the modern metropolis. The reminiscences of Russian popular art blend with the most advanced stylistic experiments that the Avant-garde and its key figures had to offer: Pablo Picasso, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, Jacques Lipchitz…
In 1914, having returned to Vitebsk to marry Bella Rosenfeld, he was caught by World War II and had to stay there, confined, during eight years. These circumstances would carry him through a phase of personal search that reflected in his paintings and works on paper at the time. Chagall made many self-portraits, representations of Jewish life and designs for the October Revolution’s first anniversary celebrations, which he organized in 1918 as Arts Commissariat and Director of Vitebsk Art School.
This publication brings together his works from these two periods, through over 190 images and 12 texts that shed light on Marc Chagall and his decisive years.