I and the Village

Marc Chagall (Russian, later French, 1887-1985) – I and the Village (Moi et le village), 1911 (Oil on canvas, Museum of Modern Art, New York) – This early work clearly shows both the Cubist and Fauvist influences at play in Chagall’s canvas, yet unlike the works of Picasso or Matisse, Chagall is far more playful and liberal with decorative elements, creating a pastoral paradise out of the Russian countryside. It is an early sign of the approach that would make the artist famous and influential: a blend of the modern and the figurative, with a light, whimsical tone… Chagall depicts a fairy tale in which a cow dreams of a milk maid and a man and wife (one upright,one upside down) frolic in the work fields…

Marc Chagall  I and the Village

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