The life and work of artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) are presented
in this volume. He was born into a poor Jewish family in Vitebsk,
Russia, a place whose memory remained a constant source of
inspiration. Establishing his reputation in Paris before the First
World War, he spent the years 1914-1922 in Russia, but
disillusioned by the Revolution, he returned and made France his
home. He was influenced by the Cubists and in turn influenced the
Surrealists, but his vision and his style were always his own - a
unique blend of imagination, symbolism, fantasy and colour based on
his memories. In addition to painting, he became a celebrated
printmaker and perhaps the greatest modern master of stained glass.
In an introduction and in commentaries on the 48 colour plates,
Gill Polonsky provides a portrait of this exuberant and versatile
genius, a moralist, fantasist, mythmaker and religious artist whose
work is a kind of visual poetry, expressing in form and colour his
intensely personal vision.