Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Russian Roots: Marc Chagall

Here’s to a Russian-Jewish-French-universal artist I’m very fond of

 Marc Chagall 
(7 July 1887 – 28 March 1985)

He invited Paris to a small town wedding,

And taught New York a foreign word “Vitebsk.”

Accepted and praised he was, loved and spared

But the turbulent times that uprooted his genius

Kept his soul locked up in suspended limbo

Till he drew his last breath that finally freed him

Sent him riding the clouds all the way home.

Live for the Love of it,
The Happy Amateur



  1. Well, no one has commented on this post yet, so I will: Marc Chagall is one of my favorite artists too, and I think you do him justice in this. (And also call attention to his humility and difficulty.) When it comes to the visuals of love (for family, culture, another person, whatever), his paintings often come to mind, with their colors and fantastic scenes. Well done, says I.

    1. Joseph, nice to see you here! Thank you for visiting, and thank you very much for your comment. In my youth I didn't care much for Chagall, understanding and love have come with age along with the many benefits of growing older. :-)