My Life

My Life

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The painter Marc Chagall died in 1985 while a major exhibition of his work, mounted jointly by the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was drawing massive crowds. A notable feature of that exhibition was the spotlight on quotations taken from this autobiography. The book, which first appeared in English translation in 1965, recounts Chagall's early life and throws light on the shaping of his creative genius. Chagall describes his childhood in the provincial Russian town of Witebsk, his early struggle as an artist in the face of poverty and opposition and his fruitful years in Paris after 1910 - the city where he found fulfilment and recognition. After recalling these experiences, Chagall relates his return to Russia on the outbreak of World War I and the despair that finally induced him to go back to France with his wife and young daughter in more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 6mm | 257g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • French
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 50 b&w drawings
  • 0192826212
  • 9780192826213

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Marc Chagall's memoir of his early life was written in 1922, published in Paris in 1930 along with many drypoints and watercolors, and now for the first time will appear here. Here, as in his pictures, there are many sketches of the simple world of his childhood in the ghetto near Witebsk-portraits of his family (a large one)- of rabbis and teachers-of the little village where the word artist had "never been pronounced". In 1907, he left for Petersburg, then for Paris, where he lived in considerable poverty, painted-while no one bought his canvases. He found impressionism and cubism alien but developed the expressionistic style which was so individually his. World War I returned him to Russia, to Witebsk for a little while, and then on to Moscow where he did sets for the new theatre- the phase which brings this first part of his autobiographical reminiscence to its conclusion..... It is a charming counterpoint to the twenty pictures which are threaded through the text- one in which naivete and nostalgia are combined and contribute to the warmth of feeling so openly evidenced. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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