War and Exile
Chagall: Love, War and Exile at The Jewish Museum (Sept. 15-Feb. 2, 2014) is not an easy exhibition to love. This is not the celebratory, lighthearted, Fiddler on the Roof Chagall. Nor is it the seductive colorist of the Metropolitan Opera House’s two enormous lobby paintings. The show covers the period from the 1930s through 1948 (the first to do so), when Chagall was at his most somber: in pain and in exile from World War II in New York, a city he did not much like and where his beloved wife and muse, Bella, died.