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The Cover
June 13, 2007

The Bride and Groom

Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(22):2449. doi:10.1001/jama.297.22.2449

His motifs are familiar enough to be his signature: flying cows, fiddlers on a roof, levitated lovers, praying rabbis, crucified Christs, primitive villages with streets that run to infinity, tropical foliage and flowers, quarter moons, memories wearing folkloric costume. His characters suffer pain and they suffer ecstasy. They float, they fall, they rise again. His canvases are holy commotions, surreal, enchanting, whimsical, profound, and threaded with joy. Such is the work of Marc Chagall (1887-1985). Born in a small village in Belarus’, the eldest of nine siblings, he died nearly a century later in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in the French Maritime Alps; he had been a citizen of his adopted country for almost exactly half his years.

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