Jacob’s Dream (1966), Chagall Museum, Nice. This large painting is one of a dozen biblical works in the museum. And like the others, it is awash in color: blood reds, vibrant blues, glowing yellows, and regal purples.
Born in Belarus in 1887, Chagall died 97 years later after a lifetime of artistic innovation and beauty. Although he worked as an artist in Russia, it was after his arrival in Paris in 1910 that he began to develop his own artistic style. According to Wikipedia:
Another completely new world that opened up for him [on moving to Paris] was the kaleidoscope of colours and forms in the works of French artists. Chagall enthusiastically reviewed their many different tendencies, having to rethink his position as an artist and decide what creative avenue he wanted to pursue.
The artist, himself, had final say over the design and arrangement of his paintings at this museum. As a result, when you view his works, you’re seeing them through Chagall’s eyes. And you’re seeing them in the order, in the arrangements, and in the lighting he chose.
For a more detailed discussion of the Chagall Museum, check out our blog post, Sacré bleu [and red and green]: Nice’s Chagall Museum.