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The artist who painted transcendence while others denied God

2015-05-03

Marc Chagall's contemporaries banished God from their works. But for him, painting was inconceivable without transcendence. As he once said, "The artist is a messenger of God.

His life is a reflection of much of the 20th century's biggest stories. A Russian Jew, he witnessed the World War I and the Russian Revolution. He sought refuge in the United States after Nazi Germany's rise. 

Despite all the suffering, his painting never lost color. He said that it was because color is how expressed his emotions. 

A fascination with this artistic giant has brought visitors from around the world to his exhibit.

"The message is extreme love. Love is the most important thing of life. Don't use your head too much. Use your heart, that's Chagall.”

"I liked it because it evokes strong emotions.”

"It's very nice because of the calm that each painting represents.”

"What has impressed me is his use of color. He is able to freely transmit his ideas to us through painting.”

The "Love and Lifeexhibition will be in Rome until July 26. It traces the life of the painter through what Chagall called the engine of life: love. If anything characterizes him, it is his famous scenes of lovers, all inspired by his wife Bella.

There are more than 140 works on display that had not previously been shown. Additionally, video creations are there too.

The Chiostro del Bramante gallery has also created an interactive space for small children to discover the artist.

Chagall was absolutely free. His Jewish heritage and biblical themes were always present in his work. Other themes include love, dreams, tradition or the memories of his life. He made works like this, a crucifix on which he painted the suffering of the Jewish people during the Holocaust.

He was constantly moving: without a home or permanent roots. The artist said in his autobiography that his country was his soul. He could travel without a passport whenever he wanted. Now, for a few weeks in Rome, one can join this unique artist for a short journey without carrying documents.


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