Marc Chagall in Belgium

Marc Chagall, Man with his Head Thrown back, 1919, oil on cardboard mounted on p
Marc Chagall, Man with his Head Thrown back, 1919, oil on cardboard mounted on panel (Private collection © Chagall ® SABAM Belgium 2015)

Julie Beckers reviews Marc Chagall: A Retrospective (1908-1985) at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, on view through June 28, 2015.

Beckers writes that the curatorial idea "works around the question: 'Can we create an exhibition that presents a journey through the artist’s life?' And the main themes presented here do just that. Chagall’s connection with Jewish culture, the iconography of the shtetl (small Jewish market towns that existed before the second world war), folk traditions, and his exploration of 17th-century literature, light and use of colour are all represented here ... [curator Claudia] Zevi’s exhibition centres around four main parts and, although neither unique nor innovative, it does offer the visitor a good overview of Chagall’s oeuvre, which shows signs of strong influences, such as cubism, symbolism, fauvism and, at a stretch, surrealism."