Me and the village, Mark Chagall – overview of the painting
- Posted by Mark Zakharovich Shagal
- Museum: Museum of Modern Art (New York)
- Year: 1911
Overview of the painting :
Me and the village – Mark Zakharovich Shagal. 1911. Oil on canvas 191×150.5 cm
The amazing picture of Mark Chagall “I and the Village”, written in 1911, is one of the author’s recognizable masterpieces. There are a lot of contradictions, funny and more serious.
The simple name immediately contrasts with what the viewer sees: a complex composition, presented in the form of a radial structure, consisting of sectors that are created thanks to intersecting diagonals. In each fragment, the author placed scenes from rural life.
The green face of the painter himself, which looks into the eyes of the lamb, is brought to the forefront of the animal, you can see the stage of milking the cow. And the hero himself, squeezing the tree, as if indulging in memories, nostalgic and distant.
In the upper part of the canvas, the village itself, and some of it is located upside down, so the mower is forced to talk with the shrub-warmer. Many critics tend to see humor in this element that Chagall allowed himself, noting the complexity of gender interaction.
The harmonious interweaving of symbols, figures and motives presents the viewer with a wonderful picture in which there is a lot of lyrism, humorous thoughts and personal memories of Mark Chagall. The name of the work was invented by a friend of the artist, poet Blaise Sandrar.