Marc Chagall is one of the greatest colorists in painting history. In his best work he surprises all the time with unlikely, childishly bright and happy colors. He lived to be very old and kept creating new designs and new colors right up until the end. Most artists, even geniuses, burn out with age. They repeat themselves, they lose vigor, even if they go on covering canvases with paint. The years went by and Chagall —at 60, at 70, at 80….at 90!–seemed to get better and better. Only after years of painting did he realize that COLOR was to be the real hero of his dreamy paintings.
Nowadays, for some reason, you usually see only his early work reproduced. Or the facile engravings and self-imitations he sometimes perpetrated. But it is his late work—the work he did after about age 45 or 50—that ought to be exhibited everywhere.
Lovers by Marc Chagall