Art: Love & Dread

He's asleep

He's awake.

Right away he's painting

He grabs a church and paints with the church

He grabs a cow and paints with the cow

With a sardine

With heads, hands, knives

He paints with an oxtail. . . .

Parisian Poet Blaise Cendrars was trying to describe Artist Marc Chagall. Hardly anyone else in 1911 thought him worth describing. Paris was just getting used to Les Fauves (see above), and bright young men from all over Europe and the U.S. were there, learning to paint in the new ways. But Chagall did not want to learn anything.

"Primitive art," explained Chagall, "already had a technical perfection toward which...

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