Marc Chagall’s work is commonly seen as being deeply rooted in specific cultural identities (Jewish, Russian, and French). The artist, however, insisted that his work possessed a fundamentally international nature that at once conflates and transgresses several national identities. During the first decades of his career, Chagall experimented with modernist movements, such as Cubism, Suprematism, and Surrealism, but refused to adhere to any one, instead developing an idiosyncratic style situated at the intersection of several movements. This talk examines several key works by Chagall from the years before he permanently settled in France, with a special focus on paintings in MoMA’s collection.
Lecturer Masha Chenlova (PhD candidate, Columbia University) is completing her dissertation on the final years of the Russian avant-garde. She recently worked at the Guggenheim Museum on a major retrospective of Russian art. She is a lecturer at The Museum of Modern Art and at the Jewish Museum.
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