Chagall's Four Foot Tall Painting

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Apr 24, 2013 10:40PM
Marc Chagall's Les trois acrobates, standing over four feet high, was created after he lost much of his work in the Russian Revolution. When the artist returned to France in the 1920s, he revisited locations of meaning for him and this work is a remaking of one picture lost a decade earlier.

Present here are grand renderings of signature Chagall motifs--the acrobats are echoes of traveling minstrels from his birthplace, Vitebsk, Belarus; and the circus scenes pay homage to French life. But a close study reveals, the master's intentional and mature presentation of color (beyond his typical use of blues and greens) and use of symbols dancing in concert on the canvas, as if to say painting is the manifestation of life not a mere suggestions of.
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