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The Cover
July 16, 2003

I and the Village

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2003;290(3):300. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.300

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) arrived in Paris for the first time in the summer of 1910. The city was teeming with artists of all kinds—painters, poets, sculptors, literary critics. The air was filled with magic words—Impressionism, Cubism, Abstract Art, Cézanne, Picasso, Braque. All this had its effect on the 23-year-old from a peasant village in Russia. His natural exuberance was only heightened by that of the city. He, too, abounded with ideas and images and he poured them out into joyous and buoyant colors and shapes that floated across the canvas like balloons. Over the next three or four years these remarkable canvases issued in a steady stream from his Vaugirard studio: they recalled memories of Sabbaths at home, they expressed longings for his fiancée still in Russia, they conjured up images like a child's dreams of the peasant life he was used to. One of the most famous of this period is I and the Village (cover ), completed in 1911. The "I" is Chagall, "the Village" is Vitebsk, the village of his birth and early youth.