Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Chagall - Werner Haftman

The biography of Marc Chagall was interesting enough at least to me who wasn't all that familiar with his criss-crossing across Europe and passionate lovelife. (True, he only ever had two wives, but he was indeed passionate enough about them!)

Then, Haftman moves on to analyzing artworks, which is generally the most interesting part of this type of books, and ought to have been extra fascinating since Chagall's paintings are a myriad of symbols and references to his wives, his Jewish identity, his childhood village Vitebsk and his final hometown Paris. 
Would have been more compelling, I think, if Haftmann had taken on the most famous works instead of these rather obscure canvases, most of which I had never seen before.

This and 'The Violinist' were the only ones I knew beforehand.

Marc Chagall, 'The Promenade' 1918


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