Work Title: Marc Chagall: The Lost Jewish World
Work Author(s): Benjamin Harshav
9 x 13, 200 color and b/w photographs and illustrations, 256 pages, hardcover, $75.00
Reviewer: Whitney Hallberg
Pioneering Painter: In the early and mid-twentieth century, amid depression, war, and the Holocaust, painters seeking transcendence developed the surrealist and cubist movements. A student of both, the sensitive Marc Chagall created fantastic and moving works of art.
More than an art book, Benjamin Harshav's Marc Chagall: The Lost Jewish World Rizzoli, 9 x 13, 200 color and b/w photographs and illustrations, 256 pages, hardcover, $75.00, 0-8478-2802-6) is as much a biography of the prolific artist as a collection of his works. The author describes Chagall's background, influences, and works in painstaking detail, from his roots in a Yiddish-speaking region of Belarus, to the tortured paintings he made at the onset of World War II.
The author is professor of Comparative Literature, Hebrew, and Slavic languages at Yale University and has written three previous books on Chagall. The depth to...