Top Picks: Exploring Marc Chagall

Every time I visit the Art Institute of Chicago, I make sure to see Marc Chagall's beautiful stained glass America Windows which he gave Chicago as a bicentennial gift in 1977. I love sitting on the benches across from those windows, bathing in the luminescent blue light and pondering the mystical images that illuminate themselves before my eyes. I decided to do a little research using the books listed below. 

Chagall Featuring full-page color prints, this book is the perfect introduction to Chagall's oeuvre. Raymond Cogniat locates Chagall's work using the geographical locations of his life, such as Russia, to illuminate Chagall's distinctive folkloric and mystical style. 

Chagall: The Art of Dreams This small yet sturdy book includes chapters - such as one dedicated to Chagall's Jewish upbringing, others focusing on his travels to America from Europe and still another about his love for the circus - that will delight all, but especially beginners of Art History. 

Chagall Transcripts from talks, excerpts from essays, and full-page and two-page spreads of artwork are all found within this special publication. Biographical research mixes with a critical understanding of Chagall's work regarding themes such as love, sexuality and the Biblical narrative. 

In Marc Chagall, a hefty timeline of his life is outlined after a wonderful introduction touching on the much debated element of Cubism in his work. The rest of the text takes an individuated look at the artist by bringing forth discussions around specific, independent artwork/s.

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