The Man From Vitebsk
Fish, fiddlers and chickens
One of the most fascinating artists of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Marc Chagall, was the subject of October’s monthly meeting with a riveting talk by Lin Holdridge, former lecturer at Plymouth University.
Chagall's dream-like paintings are filled with symbolism relating to his birth town, Vitebsk, his faith, orthodox Jewish and his enduring love for his childhood sweetheart, Bella, who he subsequently married.
Hugely symbolic in the Jewish faith are animals like cows, chickens and fish and their close association with humans bringing good luck, fertility and other attributes. And who knew that his many images of the fiddler on the roof were the inspiration for the famous musical?
Never interested in highly skilled drawing, his evocative paintings are full of meaningful imagery, some of it understood, much of it left to interpretation. And influenced by the many towns and countries in which he lived - from Russia to France to America, he mixed with some of the most influential artists of the time. His work extended way beyond painting to stained glass, theatre costume design and backdrops, murals, ceramics and even tapestries - a true polymath of the arts.
Members were invited to submit work of their own in the style of Chagall to be judged by Lin for a prize and you can see the images Below
A most impressive selection by members including drawings, paintings, print and even a tapestry. The winner was finally adjudged by Lin as Elena Davie, seen here being presented with the prize for her painting.
Our thanks to Lin for a genuinely interesting and enlightening talk and if you want to hear more, keep an eye on local events for her talks in Otterton. ©udleig Salterton Art Club 2017 All rights reserved | Privacy Statement | Webs