My Life (Oxford letters & memoirs)

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Marc Chagall--one of the greatest of all twentieth-century painters--died in 1985, during a major exhibition of his work, mounted jointly by the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This exhibition had as one of its main features quotations taken from Chagall's autobiography, My Life.
Originally published in English in 1965, Chagall's My Life offers a lyrical and evocative account of the author's early life and tremendous insight into the shaping of his creative genius. His literary style--playful and witty arabesques of fantasy that remind us of his visual imagery--accentuates his descriptions of his childhood spent in the provincial Russian town of Witebsk, his early adventures, and his first meeting with Bella, the woman who later became his wife. He depicts his struggle as an artist in the face of poverty and opposition, followed by the fruitful years in Paris where he found fulfillment and recognition. Chagall ends his account by describing his return to Russia at the outbreak of World War I and the despair that finally induced him to return to France with Bella and their young daughter in 1922.

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My life was written in Moscow in 1921-1922, when Chagall was 35 years old. Although long out- of-print, it remains one of the most extraordinarily inventive and beautifully told of all autobiographies. The text is accompanied by twenty plates which Chagall prepared especially to illustrate his life story. Together, the words and pictures paint an incomparable portrait of one of the greatest painters of this century, and of the now vanished milieu which inspired him.

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Often called 'the Father of Surrealism', Marc Chagall was born in Witebsk in 1887. He studied art in St Petersburg and went to Paris in 1910. He spent the years from 1914 to 1922 in Russia, becoming Commissar of Arts in Witebsk after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. In 1923 he resettled in Paris but following the fall of France he moved to New York. Chagall returned to France in 1948 and remained there until his death in 1985.

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