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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Marc Chagall. Artists under fire, Good Guys, Bad Guys

Why are we looking at Chagall in our Social Artist semester? Who did he piss off? Look at both the etchings and the lithos print fools. Read on to learn of the role of the government in Chagall’s life, click th epost title to see lots of Chagall prints, read on to learn of some good guys and bad guys.

Varian Fry (a very good guy)
click the photo printfools

Are you under fire today? What social art are we not seeing?

The Dover Policy ( from very bad guys)
The Degenerate artists of Germany were censored by Hitler. Hitler recognized the power of Social Art to inform and affect the people so he closed it down and many artists fled Germany. This act of censorship continues to enrage social artists today and censorship exists.
Click to learn of the "Dover Policy"

31 comments:

Bec★ said...

Marc Chagall's techniques really give his images a unique look! They look similar to a chalk drawing and have a definite textural appearance.

Varian Fry is pretty raw. What an adventure!

DaniL said...

The links to Chagall's images wouldn't work for me-what the fuck? Guess I'll have to find some on my own. I do remember that I've seen one in person though (near a toland entry if anyone didn't know)

Varian Fry was a badass!! I want to read his memoir, it would be really interesting to learn how he went about getting that many people over here.

libbyhansen said...

Thank goodness for Varian Fry. Can you imagine, putting your life of the line time and time again to bring so many people to safety.

Danielle - my link wouldn't work either. Yeah for Chagall! I will bring in the Daphnis & Chloe book this week (of course I would have this book, right!?). Beautiful work. I love Chagall's flowing lines and colors. I'm saddened when I think of how many works were confiscated and possibly destroyed during the big WW's. I almost can't believe that Chagall got his cases back with 1000 pieces of work in them.

I have heard of the Dover policy, but didn't know what it was called. Hey, whatever it takes to not call it a war, right? Did anyone else catch the paragraph telling that Bush hasn't even attended a single soldier's memorial? Hello!!!!!

DaniL said...

Hey if you guys have a couple of hours to kill, check out this film, 'cause everyone should see it:

http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com

It's really interesting, seeing how history repeats itself and so much of our society is built up on myths...

Nels said...

Varian Fry is a pretty impressive person indeed, that is for someone every one else thought was a geek! His "social conscience' is one to be emulated. He put everything on the line to do what he thought was right! Pretty cool testimonial from Picasso to Marc Chagall.denali

Heather Lynn said...
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Heather Lynn said...

First of all I think that the "Dover Policy" is bull shit. It is so absurd that Bush has not attended a single soldiers memorial, he is probably too busy cutting health care for kids or something. But it really makes me wonder how much the government really hides from us as citizens of this country. I will get off my soapbox now and talk about Chagall.
My favorite prints of his are the Lithos, probably because I am a color whore, but also because of his incorporation of the figure. I love how he has created such narrative throughout each separate work and obviously within his series'. I am also inspired by his process of intaglio.

Heather Lynn said...

This thing cut me off! I will write more on my blog. Peace out

Anonymous said...

The content I understand, and appreciate. The look of it seems washed out to me. I can't separate his prints from his paintings. The white background is throwing me off.

No Name said...

I can't say Chagall's images are my favorite, I can always appreciate another artist's work, but the images are too cluttered, and the colors don't work to my liking, and the images are too abstract and weird for me. But, that's just my opinion.

Meagan said...

I somewhat agree with no name with chagall's work, but I like his colors that he used, I just don't prefer his style but I can appreciate it!

DaniL said...

Okay, I found a good site:

http://spaightwoodgalleries.com/Pages/Chagall_coming_attractions.html

It's got a ton of Chagall's stuff, for anyone else who couldn't get the image links to work.

Chagall's use of color is really captivating-I agree with Becca that some of the images look like chalk drawings. It's interesting to compare the etchings with the lithos, especially the etchings that are really simple and linear and have a lot of white space. There's quite a range of content covered too-he had a lot to say and that's what I like to see =)

DaniL said...
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DaniL said...

Grr, this site isn't copying down all the way

put in what i posted before, and then put

_attractions.html

at the end

Liv Radke said...

I too like the chalk like apperance of his work. I found it intresting that the social artists were banned/removed from Germany. But of course it makes sense. You don't want people to think for themselves. It's too bad, I wonder what would have happened, if they sayed, do you think they could have made a difference??????

mao said...

What an impressive guy. I'd like to read more about Fry too. I'm disapointed I didn't learn about him earlier when we were talking about Schindler in History back in high school.

I can't belive Chagall used 25-30 stones for a single image in Daphnis and Chloe. Thats a lot of stones.

Erin #3 said...

Hmmm....Chagall's work is very interesting to me. I would definately agree with Bec that they look like chalk drawings and I would also agree with the text saying that it is very fairytale like or fable-like quality. They called it a "childlike wonderment" I really liked the quote from Picasso -- after Matisse died he said that "there is only one great colorist left" (refering to Chagall) ... quite an honor to be recognized by Picasso himself. A very different style then we have seen thus far.

lachness said...

Wow, so first I will start with Marc Chagall.. had some problems with the links as well but I googled him and found a bunch of cool information. Much of his work reflected his jewish heritage and also denounced the stalin regime, nazi holocaust and oppression of the jews. Once thing I love best about his images is his communication of happiness and optimism through the use of color.

I found a great quote

"Happiness isn't happiness without a violin-playing goat"

lachness said...

Lucky for us, we have cows in the united states!!

DaniL said...

Maggie, that quote is spectacular. That is so going on my facebook :D

Anonymous said...

I agree with no name and meagan, but on the bright side Varian Fry is one amazing man and hero.

Anonymous said...

Though I would have to admit after looking at more of his prints his content is wonderful and some of them i actually do like. His style is quite different but art is supposed to be creative.

mai ia said...

Varian Fry is added on to my list of heroes.

Lisa said...

Varian Fry was indeed a hero! --- Glad to see that his story is being kept alive out there for all to learn about.
Reading his story (and his quotes) makes my heart pound with inspiration and fervor! But I also feel very deficient…because I do very little to evoke societal change. That feeling in itself is a reason to be inspired.
Of course if Varian was alive today he might have a pounding heart in response to our contemporary American fate.
Love Marc Chagall as well as he is a hero of the heart. I have this great quote of his. It goes like this…”Changes in societal structure and in art would possess more credibility if they had their origins in the soul and spirit.”

DaniL said...

Look at this guy's photos:

http://www.chrisjordan.com/


Amazing, thought-provoking images...

erin said...

Well, I guess I can appreciate his content, however I'm not sure I'm really a fan of the style. It's very light and washy...how is that even done on a print? Jeez...there's always more to learn.

Katelin said...

I agree with some of the others that the Lithos look more like chalk than prints! I think that's a cool affect though :)

Hiccup said...

Is it strange that I am still reluctant to share my opinions on here? I look at all of these prints and have no idea how the images are created. I like so many of them, but I have no confidence yet in critiquing a form of art that is still so new to me. Sorry, this is out of nowhere. But that's my story...

Trin said...

I'm not quite certain how to word what I'm trying to say, but after reading what I have about him, he deserves quite the standing ovation for his contributions!

Kylie said...

a little late...but....here we go
in content chagalls prints look like his paintings...bizarre dreamlike imagery. Im unsure how he got the chalk-like quality and texture in his print displayed..intriguing

NicholMarieShame said...

I think Marc Chagall's techniques are interesting and wonderful... but really I love his technique. His pieces have great texture and an expressive quality. Me likey.