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17.12.2014 The retrospective exhibition of Marc Chagall in Milan. My impressions



In addition to fashion and design Milan is also a cultural capital and city of arts. And in support of it I would like to tell you about important international exhibitions you can enjoy in Milan.

Our story starts with the retrospective exhibition of Marc Chagall which is held in Palazzo Reale, in the very heart of Milan.

The retrospective exhibition of Marc Chagall in Milan. My impressions

This is the biggest exhibition of his works ever presented in Italy. Frankly speaking I did hear about artist Chagall before, but until recently I knew little or nothing about him. And I happened to see on the internet the photo of his painting Nude over Vitebsk from the exhibition in New York city.

Both the painting and its title amazed me: «He worked in Russia, didn't heI started searching for information on the internet, and to my shame I found out that one of the most famous avant-gardists of the XX-th century, Marc Zakharovich Chagall, not only had worked, but had been also born in a Jewish family in the city of Vitebsk of the Russian Empire that time (present-day the Republic of Belarus) in 1887. He trained as a painte first in Vitebsk, then in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Paris.

The retrospective exhibition of Marc Chagall in Milan. My impressions

And though the major part of his life the artist lived in France, many paintings including the most famous ones breathe with the spirit and reflection of Vitebsk.

On the whole Marc Chagall lived a long and entertaining lifehe died at the age of 97! He had to suffer much: the Revolution and Civil War in Russia, World War II, during which he was hiding from the Nazis in the USA, sudden death of his beloved wife, Bellathe muse of all his works. Love and happiness, pain and sorrowall this will be on Chagall's paintings in Milan. The sponsors split the exhibition into the periods:

Early in VitebskGrandfather's yard impressed me most, because it reminded me the yard of my own grandmother and grandfather.

The subject of loveone can recognize the features of his beloved wife, Bella, in almost all women painted by Chagall. The exhibition represents the famous works like: Lovers, Double Portrait

and the most famous one the Promenade, which is noteworthy for the fact it was created in 1917-1918. These were the years of the Russian Revolution that was perceived by Marc Chagall at that time as liberation...

The retrospective exhibition of Marc Chagall in Milan. My impressions

The dramatic subject of World War II: the most dreadful time for the Jews over the entire history of the mankind that was depicted by Chagall on the painting the Falling Angel.

The retrospective exhibition of Marc Chagall in Milan. My impressions

The subject of sorrow and loss after the death of his wife, Bella, is felt in the post-war paintings.

The works of his late period are colorful and bright.

The retrospective exhibition of Marc Chagall in Milan. My impressions

Of course, I can't judge about Marc Chagall's exhibition in Milan as an art critic, but as an average citizen I can say I liked a lot: incredible combination of colors, irrepressible stretch of imagination of the artist, fairy and fantastic animals, the subject of snow-covered Russian village and almost cheap popular print style of paintingall this took me to the world of my own childhood. Moreover I was just bloating with pridethe long line of the exhibition visitors consisted of people not only from Italy, but also England, Germany, France, Japan – which means that our compatriot, Marc Zakharovich Chagall, is known and beloved across the globe!

 

How you can get there: Palazzo Reale is located at the address: Piazza Duomo 12, right away from Duomo, on its right hand side. You can enjoy the exhibition till February 1, entry fee is 12.

 

 


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