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Marc Chagall, 1887-1985: Painting As Poetry (Taschen Art Series) Hardcover – August, 1990


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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ingo F. Walther (1940–2007) was born in Berlin and studied medieval studies, literature, and art history in Frankfurt am Main and Munich. He published numerous books on the art of the Middle Ages and of the 19th and 20th centuries. Walther’s many titles for TASCHEN include Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Art of the 20th Century, and Codices illustres.

Rainer Metzger studied art history, history and German studies in Munich and Augsburg. He received his doctorate in 1994, and has worked as a fine arts journalist for the Viennese newspaper Der Standard. He has written numerous books on art, including volumes on Van Gogh and Chagall. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Sunflower Books (August 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822802883
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822802885
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on May 8, 2006
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His muse was Bella. He celebrated every anniversary of his wedding with a picture in which he and her appeared.

"The inner world is perhaps, more real than the visible world.", affirmed once.

Almost all his work have consisted in love pictures, sinuous fantasies that seemed to disorient the spectator, where birds, quadrupeds and fishes join to a Ode to Joy. His chosen colors acquire vivid tunes of the rainbow; with them variegates details such tress curdled with exotic flowers, a horse that plays a violin, hen' s eggs inside a gold' s nestle, or a cow that jumps on the ceiling of a house.

You will also see, the his famous etched plates to illustrate the Bible as well as his famous pictorial motive on the roof of Paris Opera.

This detailed and splendid biography has everything you request. "The three candles" has always been one of my favorites works of this notable artist.

It' s pleasantly illustrated with abundant information and wonderful reproductions. Go for it without dilation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Eggert on March 19, 2011
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If you were only going to buy one book on Chagall (a brief, affordable version) this is it. It covers enough of the artist's life, with good examples of his work and it's very readable for the novice as well as informative for even art historians (with plenty of good cross-referencing)... It does site Chagall's autobiography from 1922 - so there's some insight into Marc's subconscious and explanations for his use of certain imagery in his paintings. This was my first purchase of a book from this series and I will purchase more of them - which feature other artists...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DMC Morrah on May 11, 2013
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I know and love the work of Marc Chagall. This is a poor representation of his work and life, but most importantly the book is very small. It was impossible to tell this from the product advertisement. I have been an Amazon customer for many years and have always been happy with my purchases but this is most certainly a rather expensive exception.
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By M. Truesdell on April 4, 2014
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Chagall is given to us in this book the way I have always thought he should be. When an artist can sing, sum up, let our eyes see what his heart knows in its rhythm, he gives us himself and more than himself.....the author lets me rejoice in that.
MaryTruesdell
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Very glad I bought this. I don't always understand Chagall, but I really relate to what seems to be his playful and romantic spirit and I appreciate having these pictures to study and copy in my art class.
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By C. Higgins on July 16, 2014
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Of course I'm not finished with this book; you don't 'finish' books like this; you go back to them. It's a fine, informative book on Chagall who is one of my favorites.
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The Marc Chagall book is excellent. It has great photos of his most famous paintings, and is very reasonably priced for those of us on a budget!
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By Glo on April 17, 2013
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Good selection of paintings and chronology at a reasonable price. Comfortable to hold, not heavy, easy to use as a study.
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