If all life moves inevitably towards its end, then we must, during our own, colour it with our colours of love and hope.

— Marc Chagall

The most competitive Marc Chagall quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

Despite all the troubles of our world, in my heart I have never given up on the love in which I was brought up or on man's hope in love. In life, just as on the artist's palette, there is but one single colour that gives meaning to life and art–the colour of love

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Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love.

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My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent.

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Marc Chagall quote All colors are the friends of their neig

All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

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All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.

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The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.

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Great art picks up where nature ends.

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In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.

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If I create with my heart almost all my intentions remain.

If it is with the head - almost nothing. An artist must not fear to be himself, to express only himself. If he is absolutely and entirely sincere, what he says and does will be acceptable to others.

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Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.

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The stars were my best friends. The air was full of legends and phantoms, full of mythical and fair-tale creatures, which suddenly flew away over the roof, so that one was at one with the firmament.

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For me a stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world.

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I am out to introduce a psychic shock into my painting, one that is always motivated by pictorial reasoning: that is to say, a fourth dimension.

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About Marc Chagall

Quotes 64 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

The most authentic Russian Impressionism leaves one perplexed if one compares it with Monet and Pissarro. Here, in the Louvre, before the canvases of Manet, Millet and others, I understood why my alliance with Russia and Russian art did not take root.

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When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it - a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand - as a final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot make, the painting is authentic. If there's a clash between the two, it's bad art.

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What I mean by 'abstract' is something which comes to life spontaneously through a gamut of contrasts, plastic at the same time as psychic, and pervades both the picture and the eye of the spectator with conceptions of new and unfamiliar elements.

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I've always painted pictures in which human love floods my colors.

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When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.

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I am working in Paris . I cannot for a single day get the thought out of my head that there probably exists something essential, some immutable reality, and now that I have lost everything else (thank God, it gets lost all on its own) I am trying to preserve this and, what is more, not to be content. In a word: I am working.

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I adore the theater and I am a painter.

I think the two are made for a marriage of love. I will give all my soul to prove this once more.

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The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.

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To call everything that appears illogical, fantasy, fairy tale, or chimera would be practically to admit not understanding nature.

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Color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.

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The freer the soul, the more abstract painting becomes.

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On cannot be precise, and still be true.

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What counts is art. painting, a kind of painting that is quite different from what everyone makes it out to be. But what kind? Will God or someone else give me the strength to breathe the breath of prayer and mourning into my paintings, the breath of prayer for redemption and resurrection?

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One fine day as my mother was putting the bread in the oven, I went up to her and taking her by her flour-smeared elbow I said to her, Mama I want to be a painter.

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In my youth, poverty enriched me, but now I can afford wealth.

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Color is everything. When color is right, form is right.

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When I am finishing a picture, I hold some God-made object up to it

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For me, Christ has always symbolized the true type of the Jewish martyr.

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My works are dear to me, each in its own way, I shall have to answer for them on the Day off Judgement. God alone knows whether I shall ever see them again. Quite apart from the money which I was going to receive for their sale there (exhibition in Gallery Der Sturm, Berlin June-July, 1914) and it is no small sum.

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Art is foremost a state of mind, and only secondarily a problem of form.

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If a symbol should be discovered in a painting of mine, it was not my intention.

It is a result I did not seek. It is something that may be found afterwards, and which can be interpreted according to taste.

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In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love.

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The habit of ignoring Nature is deeply implanted in our times.

This attitude reminds me of people who never look you in the eye; I find them disturbing and always have to look away.

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Time is a river without banks.

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One must always be careful not to let one's work be covered with moss.

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Everything in art must spring from the movement of our whole life-stream, of our whole being - including the unconscious.

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We all know that a good person can be a bad artist.

But no one will ever be a genuine artist unless he is a great human being and thus also a good one.

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But perhaps my art is the art of a lunatic, I thought, mere glittering quicksilver, a blue soul breaking in upon my pictures.

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But my knowledge of Marxism was limited to knowing that Marx was a Jew, and that he had a long white beard. I said to Lunatcharsky (the political communist commissar for Education, 1918, fh) 'Whatever you do, don't ask me why I painted in blue or green, and why you can see a calf inside the cow's belly, etc. On the other hand you're welcome: if Marx is so wise, let him come back to life and explain it himself'. I showed him my canvases.

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My mother's love for me was so great I have worked hard to justify it.

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I am a little Jew of Vitebsk. All that I paint, all that I do, all that I am, is just the little Jew of Vitebsk.

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I am a child who is getting on.

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What a genius, that Picasso. It is a pity he doesn't paint.

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Changes in societal structure and in art would possess more credibility if they had their origins in the soul and spirit. If people read the words of the prophets with closer attention, they would find the keys to life.

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You could wonder for hours what flowers mean, but for me, they're life itself, in all its happy brilliance. We couldn't do with out flowers. Flowers help you forget life's tragedies.

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Mine alone is the country of my soul.

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Love and fantasy, go hand in hand.

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