The exhibition has Chagall's focus on music and works he created for ballet's (costumes and backdrops). Here are some of the costumes for a production of Mozart's The Enchanted Flute.
Given how many of Chagall's paintings include a fiddler or an angelic harp, there was a lot of material to choose from, and it doesn't feel like too much was sacrificed to make this exhibit come together. The catalogue is pretty exhausting, and going through the exhibit in person is even more so, particularly with the crowds. I was somewhat surprised that most of the paintings could be photographed, though a few were off-limits. I didn't take too many photos, but here are a few.
|Marc Chagall, The Yellow Room, 1911|
|Chagall, Dusk aka Couple Between Darkness and Light, 1938-43|
|Marc Chagall, The Wedding, 1944|
It wasn't particularly surprising that some of the paintings in the catalogue were not on display, but what was a bit more surprising is that apparently some of the paintings in Montreal weren't actually in the catalogue. I'm fairly sure that The Yellow Room isn't in the catalogue. I'm somewhat less sure about Birth (from the Art Institute of Chicago -- not pictured here) and Dusk, but I don't think they are included.
I was glad that there was a room of Chagall's stained glass pieces, though they didn't photograph particularly well. As I said, it was a pretty overwhelming amount of Chagall and really too much to take in in a single visit, but I won't be able to go back unfortunately.
On our last visit to Montreal, we spent far more time on the Quebec artist installations housed in the building across the street. This time around we just went to a couple of floors and focused mostly on the Beaver Hall artists. I liked these two paintings quite a bit.
|Philip Surrey, Night, 1938|
|Adrien Hébert, Corner Peel and Sainte-Catherine, 1948|
After this, we took a quick look at the gift shop. I was somewhat surprised to learn that the museum owned some modern art by European artists, as I don't think I managed to see that on the previous trip either. So I left my wife and daughter on a bench, and my son and I went in for a lightning strike visit. I would have liked to spend more time obviously, but I did see the Picasso and Matisse and other modern paintings.
My favorites were these three.
|Henri Matisse - Seated Woman, Back Turned to the Open Window, 1922|
|Philip Guston, Rain Cloud, 1973|
As this post is long enough, I will discuss the rest of what we got up to in Montreal in a follow-up post.