MARC CHAGALL: The Life and Work by Isaac Kloomok

MARC CHAGALL: The Life and Work

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As an artist chosen to do the murals for Israel's parliamentary buildings, ?gall is increasingly in the public eye. His biographer's interpretation of his life work is permeated with social import, for Chagall he feels, is a vehicle for the interpretation of modern Judaism. His analysis of the social and cultural and spiritual backgrounds may be questioned by some, but he proves his point in relation to Chagall's ringing in the Russian village of his childhood, his youth in Paris, his brief return ourn in New Russia, and his later days as a mature and successful artist in Paris. In final analysis of Chagall's place in modern art, Kloomok says that his work is infused with the warmth of spiritual life, absent in the colder unreality of the French works. Kloomok's method has been to take the steps in Chagall's life chronologically and to supplement these with analyses of his paintings in their periods, the different influences, the current artistic genres and Chagall's relation to them. The text is well illustrated with examples of his work at each phase. Ecstatically enthusiastic, occasionally repetitious, this is nonetheless a thoughtful, broad analysis of the artist.

Pub Date: Nov. 2nd, 1951
Publisher: Philosophical Library