Above Vitebsk, Mark Zakharovich Shagal
- Posted by Mark Zakharovich Shagal
- Museum: Georges Pompidou Center, Paris
- Year: 1914
Overview of the painting :
Above Vitebsk – Mark Zakharovich Shagal. 1914. Oil, canvas pulled on cardboard. 70.3 x 91
Vitebsk occupied a special place in the heart of the artist. Here is the birthplace of Mark Chagall, with this place he compared numerous cities where the master had the opportunity to live. Confirmation of this is an open letter that Chagall wrote in 1944 dedicated to Vitebsk. An artist living in America over the years assures dear Vitebsk that only with thoughts about him, Shagal-stranik lived and breathed all these years.
The painting “Nad Vitebsk” is distinguished by color color and composition. There are no familiar metaphors and psychological subtexts. The work looks pretty realistic – the city’s straight streets, marked with snow, low houses with flat roofs, neat fences. Only the Orthodox Church stands out against the background of this verified landscape. Tall walls of bright yellow color, crowned with domes, make the viewer pay attention to himself. And because of these walls we see a human figure – a long beard, a curved stick in our hands and a bag behind us tell us that we have a wanderer in front of us.
Critics often say that in this way Mark Chagall portrayed himself. He had a chance to live and work in different countries, so he is with a bag, but he has always been here with his thoughts, and therefore he is soaring over the city. The picture, although made in bright colors, still allows you to feel the author’s longing for the distant homeland.