I always liked the floating people in Chagall’s painting. His work can be described as many things, surrealism, fauvism, cubism, Jewish, modern, etc. but of his many styles, I enjoy his oil paintings that emphasize cubism and surrealism with watercolor-like textures. His color combinations are amazing and the lines and shapes are uniquely put together to make a story. The exhibition carried many of his paintings, there were a variety of themes and styles from different stages of his life. Some I liked..Some I didn’t..
Interested facts about Chagall (from my perspective)
o He liked farm animals. There are a lot of donkeys, goats and chickens in his paintings. In hindsight, we could interpret it many complex psychological ways..but he just liked them. The tour guide also agreed.
o He was somewhat twisted. He did many painting related to the circus. There was this one huge, wall-to-wall painting called Decoration of the Jewish Theater. At the first glance, it’s festive and fun. When you walk closer and start reading the description, you find a man being castrated, a man peeing on a pig then the others celebrating playing music and doing somersaults..
- He had a great sense of humor. In a couple of his paintings, I found a man squatting. You can’t explain it any other way…..Right?