Marc Chagall: The Poet Painter

“Will God give me the powers to breathe
My sigh into my canvases
The sigh of prayer and sadness
The prayer of salvation and rebirth”
-Marc Chagall

By Béa Aaronson

Goauche and watercolor The Joy of the Village 1957

I had to end 2014 with an artist whose message is one of love, hope, and kindness: Marc Chagall! This Jewish artist from the Shtetl, Vitebsk, excited the whole world with his magic. He could have been a poet, a musician, or an actor too, but he chose painting to share his memories, his emotions, his hopes. Henri Miller called him “a poet with the wings of a painter,” and rightly so, as I shall reveal to you in this presentation.

“Marc Chagall: The Poet Painter”
Wed, Dec 17, 4:30pm
La Ostra Roja
A Casa Verde Annex
San Jorge 45
Colonia San Antonio (off Refugio Sur)
130 pesos
Reservations: 121 1026 or

Through his physical and symbolic use of color Chagall makes us fly between heaven and earth, between sky and water: fish with wings, birds with fish heads, humans, roosters, goats, and donkeys mingling their bodies, suns, moons, stars with sparkling smiles, lovers whose kisses melt into one face, acrobats and fiddlers defying the laws of gravity. Chagall offers us a world in constant metamorphosis, an essential hybridization, which allows us to live our multiplicity; a world that deliberately ignores the laws of logic and physics where angels are alive with love and kindness. A world of poetry, which makes us feel lighter. A world of transparency, color, and light, where we can float and enjoy a magic lightness of being…a world of love!

What Chagall wrote about his life and his art is simply so pure, so illuminated with the freshness of someone who believes in love as the only source of energy able to mend our broken world: “Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love… in our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”

Let me take you on Chagall’s wings to Vitebsk, Moscow, Paris, Mexico, New York, St Paul de Vence. You will follow his life and loves through his liberated and liberating creativity: paintings, ceramics, stain glass windows, tapestries, mosaics, and murals—more than 10,000 works! I am looking forward to sharing with you Marc Chagall’s world, to tell you a story about his amazingly rich life (did you know he came to Mexico?). A story about love and cosmic union through the incantatory magic of his images.


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