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Updated: Jun 3, 2023


Chagall + Eiffel = Paris

Last week we time traveled back to the beginning of the 20th century to visit two unique artists and their influence on an iconic city. Paris has always held a special place in the hearts of artists and dreamers. One such artist is Marc Chagall, who fell in love with the city during his first visit in 1910. Inspired by the city's romantic charm, Chagall often depicted Paris in his vibrant painting, as a whimsical wonderland where musicians played while lovers dance in the sky. His adopted city was a source of inspiration and creative freedom, and he was captivated by the city's beauty and romanticism. Chagall's love for Paris was influenced by the works of Gustav Eiffel, whose iconic Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of the city and featured in many of his paintings. When Eiffel was commissioned to build a structure for the 1889 World’s Fair, he could not have realized that it would leave such a mark and it would become the most recognizable sculpture in the world.

Through his art, Chagall emphasized the significance of Paris as a city of love and romance, immortalizing the city's elegance and charm, so when he was commissioned to paint the dome in the Paris Opera House, the same imagery

in the paintings were included for anyone to enjoy.

As an artist, theater, Opera designer, and printmaker, Chagall’s legacy of beauty and dreamlike narrative art defied definition of any other art movements of the time. He is considered to be one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

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 Week One: Cave Paintings

It has been an eventful week in our Art Literacy class. We have been all around the world.  I would like to thank all of my wonderful students for their great efforts. We began with the story of the discovery of the discovery of cave paintings in Lascaux,  France  and also looked at images from  Spain , where the oldest known cave paintings have been found,  in the cave called El Castillo. The prehistoric dots and crimson hand stencils are now the world's oldest known cave art that dates more than 40,800 years old.

© Serene Greene- Art Literacy Academy
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