Marc Chagall “Quotes” | Modern Artist (1887-1985)

June 7, 2009

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

Great art picks up where nature ends.

I adore the theater and I am a painter. I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more.

I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment.

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.

Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life.

Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.

The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.

When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it – a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand – as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there’s a clash between the two, it’s bad art.

Marc Chagall was born on July 7, 1887 in Belarus, to Khatskl (Zakhar) Shagal, a herring merchant, and Feige-Ite. He was the oldest of nine children from a loving Jewish family. His childhood was a happy one, and images from that period of his life appear throughout his work.

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