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Chagall : the Russian years, 1907-1922
Kamenskiĭ, Aleksandr Abramovich.
Uniform Title:
Chagall. English
Publication Information:
New York : Rizzoli, [1989]
Physical Description:
376 pages : illustrations ; 33 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Chagall.

Includes index.
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ND699.C5 K3613 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Marc Chagall was peculiarly Russian in his transformation of sordid reality into supreme beauty, his ``impassioned search for a new organization of the world,'' suggests Soviet art historian Kamensky. Although most Western critics maintain that Chagall became ``Chagall'' during his first stay in Paris (1910-1914), the author insists that the artist developed his symbolic vocabulary, his style fusing everyday and fantastic elements, in his native Russia and the newborn Soviet Union. We follow him through his childhood in the old town of Vitebsk, his formative years in Saint Petersburg (where he assimilated Russian symbolist and primitivist influences) and his return to his homeland amid the 1917 revolution, until his final departure in 1922. With its extraordinary wealth of first-rate reproductions of paintings and drawings, this volume is indispensable to understanding Chagall's development. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Kamensky is a leading Soviet Chagall scholar whose theme in this volume is the essentially Russian inspiration and optimistic personal vision of Chagall's art throughout his long career despite exile in France for more than 50 years. With his great popular acceptance and prolific artistic output, Chagall has been the subject of many monographs, but this one is unique in its focus on the 1907-22 period and its inclusion of certain translated documents: published statements by Chagall, early Soviet reviews of his work, and a 1973 interview. Kamensky's text has been translated into English from an earlier French translation, but it reads smoothly and could be enjoyed by students and interested laypersons. The reproductions are numerous and of good quality.-- Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.Ln., Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Although this book does not replace Franz Meyer's more comprehensive Chagall (CH, Jun'64), it is an encouraging addition to it. In the 25 years between Meyer's book and Kamensky's, the growing glasnost that permitted Chagall's visit to Russia in 1973 is more fully evidenced. Kamensky, a Russian art historian, emphasizes the impact of both the Russian experience and Russian art on Chagall. The author covers Chagall's work from its beginnings until he left Russia (including the first Paris years of 1910-14), with a final chapter on Chagall's designs for theater sets and costumes and his murals for the Jewish Theater in Moscow. In addition to a large number of good illustrations of Chagall's, there also are some illustrations of work of the Russian artists who influenced Chagall. Included in appendixes are articles by Chagall, reviews of Chagall by Russian critics, and an interview between Chagall and Kamensky during the '73 visit. There is a selected bibliography and a bibliography of Russian publications. Highly recommended for advanced undergraduate students and above. -G. Eager, Bucknell University