Thursday 11 July 2019


MARC CHAGALL (July 7, 1886-March 26, 1985)
            A famous Jewish painter, one of the creators and foundational figures in modern painting, he was born in Vitebsk, Byelorussia.  From time to time, he wrote poetry and articles on literature and art in: Tsukunft (Future); Strom (Current) 1 (1922); Literarishe bleter (Literary leaves); Di idishe velt (The Jewish world); Di goldene keyt (The golden chain); Yidishe kultur (Jewish culture); and elsewhere.  Many books appeared with illustrations by Chagall, such as: Y. L. Perets, Kuntsnmakher (Trickster) of 1914; Der Nister, A mayse mit a hon, dos tsigele (A story with a rooster, the little goat) of 1917; Avrom Liessin, Lider un poemen (Poetry) of 1938; Mendl Man, Der shvarter demb, dertseylungen (The black oak, stories) of 1969; Avrom Sutzkever, Di fidlroyz (The fiddle rose) of 1974; Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls; Lafontaine’s fables; and many more.  He died in Provence.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; Literarishe bleter (Warsaw) 37 (1930), Chagall on himself; Leo Kenig, in Di goldene keyt (Tel Aviv) 27 (1957); Parizer tsaytshrift 19 (1957); Yidishe kultur (New York) 4 (1965); Yitskhok-Elkhonen Rontsh, Di velt fun mark shagal (The world of Marc Chagall) (Los Angeles, 1967); Zalmen Shazar, in Di goldene keyt 67 (1969).
Berl Cohen

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