The featured work in this exhibition, Paris Window (1974), is a quintessentially romantic late Chagall. In considering the Impressionist feel of this work, it is easy to forget and significant to note that Chagall, born in 1887, had been a practicing artist for some two decades prior to the passing of Monet, thus Chagall's relationship to Impressionism is not that of an imitator or revivalist. Also included in this show are color lithographs and aquatints from the fifties, sixties and seventies, as well as signed and numbered woodcuts from an edition of 26, these being the key blocks for the unsigned images comprising the folio Poemes, published in 1968. Included as well are selected images from the folio Les Ames Mortes (The Dead Souls), created between 1923 and 1927, and later published by Vollard. Les Ames Mortes presents an intimate chronicle of life in the Russian village of Vitebsk, where Chagall was born. These etchings combine poignant recollection and earthy humor in a portrayal of rural Eastern European culture untouched by the trappings of cosmopolitan society. The profound depth of Chagall's humanism, romanticism and spirituality--all absent any trace of pretension--have made him a singularly universal voice in the art of this century, connecting us with the last through a highly personal synthesis of 19th and 20th century styles. This exhibition, spanning 1923-1974, compliments MARC CHAGALL 1907-1917, presently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


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