“His storehouse of visual imagery would never expand beyond the landscape of his childhood, with its snowy streets, wooden houses, and ubiquitous fiddlers…” – Michael J. Lewis, Art Historian
Marc Chagall, born Moishe Zakharovich Shagal, was an artist of Belarusian-Jewish origin. While living in Russia, and later in France, Chagall was a pioneer of modern art, creating his own blend of Eastern European folk culture and everyday life in his native village of Vitebsk with elements of Cubism, Surrealism and Fauvism. His dreamy depictions often included farm animals, flowers, landscapes, people of the shtetl (village) and his family. These images left an indelible mark on Chagall and were often repeated in his art throughout his life. He famously depicted lovers, suggesting his affectionate bond with his wife. This recollection persisted when he was widowed and after his remarriage. Since his early life left him with a powerful visual memory, he also consistently drew on his gift to portray the love and joy of every season through fanciful imagery and color.