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Marc Chagall was named “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century.” As a pioneer of Modernism, he was always experimenting with new ideas and new methods of expression. Some of his most famous works include The Birthday, I and the Village, and Over the Town.
He was born in 1887 to a poor Jewish family in Russia. He was the eldest of nine children. Chagall began to display his artistic talent while studying at a secular Russian school. He began studying art seriously with Leon Bakst in St. Petersburg in 1907. It was at this time that his distinct style began to emerge. His paintings were about his childhood, a focus that would interest him for the rest of his life.
In 1910, Chagall, moved to Paris. There he painted some of his most famous paintings. He used strong and bright colors to portray the Jewish village in a dreamlike state. Fantasy, nostalgia, and religion came together in Chagall’s otherworldly images.
Chagall visited Russia in 1914 and couldn’t go home because of the outbreak of World War I. He made a home in Vitebsk, Russia. He founded an art school there and, in 1918, he was appointed Commissar for Art. In 1920, Chagall moved to Moscow and designed stage sets for the State Jewish Chamber Theater.
In 1931, Chagall travelled to Israel with his wife, Bella, and his daughter, Ida. While there, Chagall began a series of illustrations to the Bible. He travelled, painted, and drew in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Safed. The country left a vivid impression on him. When he returned to Paris, the light and landscape of Israel were echoed in his work.
During World War II Chagall fled to the United States. Through art, he expressed his horror over the Nazi rise to power. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gave him a retrospective in 1946.
Chagall settled permanently in France in 1948 but he continued to travel and exhibit his artwork around the world. In 1951 he returned to Israel and made his first sculptures. Then he travelled to Greece and Italy. During the 1960s, he created stained-glass windows for the synagogue of the Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem; He painted a ceiling for the Paris Opéra; He designed a window for the United Nations building in New York; He painted murals for the Metropolitan Opera House in New York; and created windows for the cathedral in Metz, France. The Louvre in Paris exhibited his work in 1967–77 and the Philadelphia Museum of Art held a major retrospective of his art in 1985.
Chagall died on March 28, 1985, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
My personal favorite of Chagall’s work is Der Spaziergang. On the simplest level, I just love the image. As a teacher though, I use it and Over the Town as examples for a very fun first grade painting project in which I introduce the students to landscapes and figure drawing.
This year, I also used Chagall as our example for Modernism. Our lessons focused on Modernism as a rejection of tradition and an exploration of new ideas. In this regard, Marc Chagall is a wonderfully inspirational and liberating artist to study. His use of color, fantasy, memory, depth, design, and a variety of media can serve as launch points for innumerable lessons.
Portrait of Marc Chagall drawn by yours truly, Rama Hughes
We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Bella Sinclair, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘DISGUISE’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here.
And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:
Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).
Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.
Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).
Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the participant gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!
I love mixed media, and just had to share these neat altered photographs by Johan Thornqvist! He takes the photos on the streets in Sweden, using his phone.
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Jennifer Orkin Lewis (AugustWren) is an illustrator and painter based in a little village outside of New York City. After graduating from RISD with a textile degree, she spent many years as a textile stylist designing prints for children’s clothing and lingerie. She now works as a freelance illustrator and is thrilled to draw and paint every day, incorporating a love of color and pattern into her loose and joyful style.
See more of Jennifer’s work on her website.
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Esther Lui is from southeast Pennsylvania and is currently a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design. She loves the challenge of creating visually exciting narratives and aims to bring a sense of the fantastical to each image she creates.
She was recently featured in CMYK Magazine #55 ‘New Creative’ Showcase.
See more of Esther’s work on her website.
Posted by Jeanine
How could you not love the quirky, fresh work of illustrator Nicole LaRue? With sophisticated color, fun characters, and great design, her work has found it’s place on journals, greeting cards, packaging and a whole range of other products. She’s worked for clients including Compendium, Inc., Modern Twist, Tiny Prints, Basic Grey, Creating Keepsakes Magazine, Tallu-lah Greeting Cards, Crate Paper, Red Desert Candy Company, American Crafts and Wedding Paper Divas.
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UK based illustrator Graham Carter has worked at the forefront of the industry for the last 15 years. His client list is extensive and his illustrations can be spotted in a wide variety of editorial publications.
Over the last year he has become a Director with Animation Studio Ticktockrobot working on a variety of personal projects and commercial animations for various clients.
Graham has also become one of the UK’s most prolific and collectable printmakers. His ever-expanding collection of limited edition Silkscreen & Giclee prints can be found exhibited in galleries worldwide including his own Hove based Gallery, Boxbird.
He currently lives in Seaford with his wife Alice, baby son Noah and Mr. Bojangles the cat. He can often be found printing, sketching and making a mess in his studio in Brighton.
See more of Graham’s work on his website.
Posted by Jeanine
Oliver Towne is the alter-ego of illustrator Michael Mullan, an artist based out of rural Vermont. His work is textural, colorful & bold, and both distinct portfolios of this talented artist are equally impressive. I chose to share some of Oliver’s beautiful & inspiring sketchbook pages today—amazing stuff!
He’s worked with editorial, advertising & book publishing clients as well as licensed his work for wall art and products. Clients including Hallmark, Target, Trader Joe’s, HomeGoods, Bloomingdale’s, Kohl’s, Family Circle, Christianity Today, Diabetic Living and many more.
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I love Julia Bereciartu’s lovely watercolor girls, each with distinct personality and charm. Julia is from Spain, where she lives and works as a freelance illustrator. She’s worked for a wide range of clients all over the world, including American Girl, Nickelodeon, Simon & Schuster, Today’s Parent Magazine, Moo.com, Lürzer’s Archive, and many more.
Animator Lindsey Olivares is illustrating her life with animated gifs, loving character designs, and some pretty fantastic caricatures. I met her recently at the CTN Animation Expo where she was drawing portrait. I especially like how she handled my hairline below. See more of her work HERE.