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message 1: by Heather, Moderator (last edited Aug 11, 2018 06:33AM) (new)

Heather | 8385 comments ______________ was the eldest of nine children.
During ___ school days, ___________ adopted the habit of drawing and copying images from books, which quickly developed into a love for art and the choice to pursue it as a career, a decision that did not please ___ parents.

____________moved to Paris in 1910, just as Cubism was emerging as the leading avant-garde movement. At the impressionable age of 23 and speaking no French, __________ aligned ________ with Cubism and enrolled in classes at a small art academy.

Not long after the WW I outbreak, the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 occurred, an event that essentially obliged _________ to remain in Russia and thrust ___ into the political post_________, a teaching position that conflicted with ___ nonpolitical nature.

In the coming years, World War II crippled most of Europe and forced many of its greatest modern artists...to seek refuge in the United States.

It is said that Joseph Goebbels personally ordered the artist's paintings to be burned.
In 1941, thanks to __________'s daughter Ida, and the Museum of Modern Art's director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., ____________'s name was added to a list of European artists whose lives were at risk and in need of asylum, and that June, _______________arrived safely in New York City.

Just before the war in Europe came to a close, ____________'s [spouse] died from a viral infection... Crippled with grief,_______________'s work lessened dramatically, yet ___ continued to take commissions for theatrical sets and costume designs (a medium for which ___________ received great praise at the time, but which has since garnered little posthumous attention).

_______________ never truly made New York ___ home, and in 1947 ____ returned to France and settled in the southern city of Vence. ___ was remarried in 1952, and continued to paint, but ___ later canvases are remarkably different than ___ better-known earlier works. ___ colors and subjects appear more melancholy, and ___ painterly touches became increasingly lyrical and abstract, almost reverting back in time to Post-Impressionist motifs. This led several mid- and late-century critics to label __________'s later work "clumsy" and lacking in focus.

____________'s poetic, figurative style made _____ one of most popular modern artists, while ___ long life and varied output made ___ one of the most internationally recognized. While many of ___ peers pursued ambitious experiments that led often to abstraction, ____________'s distinction lies in ___ steady faith in the power of figurative art.
___________ worked in many radical modernist styles at various points throughout ____ career, including Cubism, Suprematism and Surrealism, all of which possibly encouraged ___ to work in an entirely abstract style. Yet ___ rejected each of them in succession, remaining committed to figurative and narrative art, making ___ one of the modern period's most prominent exponents of the more traditional approach.
______________ was claimed as a kindred spirit by the emerging Surrealists, and although ___ borrowed from them, ___ ultimately rejected their more conceptual subject matter. Nevertheless, a dream-like quality is characteristic of almost all of ___________'s work;

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message 2: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey Aronson (geaaronson) | 930 comments Chagall?


message 3: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8385 comments You got it! Great work Geoffrey!


message 4: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey Aronson (geaaronson) | 930 comments The fact that he was russian and influenced by the cubist did his anonymity in.


message 5: by Heather, Moderator (new)

Heather | 8385 comments True, I made sure I didn’t mention he was Jewish!


message 6: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey Aronson (geaaronson) | 930 comments That would have been a dead giveaway.


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