The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
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.
Southgate MT. I and the Village. JAMA. 2003;290(3):300. doi:10.1001/jama.290.3.300
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