Modern and Contemporary Art
Marc Chagall, French (born Russia), 1887 - 1985
Oil and distemper on paper, mounted on cardboard
Currently not on view
1963-181-12The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963
LabelOn January 28, 1919, Chagall opened the Vitebsk People’s Art School and invited some of the leading members of the Russian avant-garde to teach there, including El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich. Unfortunately, Chagall frequently quarreled with his colleagues over the direction that modern art should take after the Russian Revolution. His anguished state of mind is reflected in this painting, in which the rotation of the artist’s head seen previously in Half-Past Three (The Poet) no longer registers his joyous encounter with Cubism, but rather the pain and disappointment he experienced as a result of the internal disputes he was facing at the school.