Turning the seasons with Chagall

Chagall's monumental 'Four Seasons'I found myself in the vicinity of the Chagall mosaic yesterday, where office workers had spilled out onto the bank plaza to enjoy the nearly warm spring day.  When the seasons are turning, there is hardly a better place to be than near the beatific Chagall mosaic entitled ‘Four Seasons.’  This monumental work celebrates the seasons, the sun, and the cycle of life.

Mystical wheel

Mystical wheel

To be honest, I am not really a huge fan of Chagall, but I do like this work’s mystical radiance.  The earthy tableaux that compose the work capture life’s magic and some abiding sources of human joy.

Under their fig tree

Under their fig tree

Gathering what they've grown

Gathering what they’ve grown

Going up to town

Going up to town

Society

The wondrous turmoil of society

It is certainly worth looking at on the way to the bank.

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Click here to watch a wonderful 30-minute documentary called The Monumental Art of Marc Chagall, which tells the story of the making of the ‘Four Seasons’ in 1974.  The films documents Chagall and mosaic artists working together in the South of France to create the mosaic, which was then shipped here in many slabs, reassembled, then modified yet again.  The footage showing M. and Madame Chagall here in Chicago at the Plaza, and the crowd on the day of the unveiling is simply divine.  I think you will enjoy it very much!

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