Today’s short and sweet Fine Art Felines post features the painting “Paris Through the Window” by the Russian (and later French) Jewish artist Marc Chagall (1887 – 1985). Painted in 1913 after Chagall moved to Paris, this painting portrays the draw of Paris to all types of artists who flocked to the city in the early 1900’s. Chagall was an “early modernist”, and in this piece experiments with a cubist style. What I really love about this painting is the color juxtaposition: a rainbow of colors on the window frame that produces an almost prismatic effect upon the city amidst an otherwise brown and drab landscape. I like to think that perhaps Chagall, in looking out his window at the city, was able to imagine all the possibilities that were in front of him – kind of like looking at the world through “rose-colored glasses”. And of course, having a colorful cat to help you dream is an integral part of that visualization! I’m not sure what is up with the human face on the cat, but if Chagall was anything like many of the cat lovers I know (including myself), we often anthropomorphize our kitties, giving them very human-like personalities layered upon their feline souls.
Regardless, this painting makes me happy. How lucky would we be if we could all see such color outside our own windows of reality?
When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is”. — Pablo Picasso
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