Marc Chagall: Painter of Sorrows

Marc Chagall, The Bride and Groom on Cock, 1939-47, oil on canvas, 45 5/8 x 35 7
Marc Chagall, The Bride and Groom on Cock, 1939-47, oil on canvas, 45 5/8 x 35 7/8 inches (collection of Dr. Hubert Burda, Munich. © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris)

Cindi di Marzo reviews the exhibition Marc Chagall: Love, War and Exile at The Jewish Museum, New York, on view through February 2, 2014.

Di Marzo writes that the show "focuses on Chagall’s activities during an increasingly difficult period for him, the 1930s to 1948. The 30 paintings and 24 works on paper gathered for Chagall: Love, War and Exile record the chaos playing out on the world stage after Hitler came to power; Chagall’s unhappy years as a refugee in New York, where Abstract Expressionism was attracting most of the attention from galleries and collectors; and painful losses, notably Bella’s death in 1944. A clash between bitter reality and idealised recollections of Vitebsk replaced the harmony he had achieved earlier between present and past." The post also includes an interview with curator Susan Tumarkin Goodman.