About the Art
Marc Chagall was a pioneer for Jewish artists, he had a distinct style of painting dream like scenes of personal history and European folklore. He was a painter, printmaker, book illustrator, and he even made stained glass windows. He began experimenting with Cubism in 1910 when he moved to Paris and his style is considered a mixture of Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism. His supernatural subjects are also thought to have significantly influenced surrealism.
Depicted in this piece is Rachel, daughter of Laban, on a camel in front of what is most likely her father. Her husband, Jacob, decided to return to Canaan with Rachel, his other wife/Rachel’s sister Leah, and their twelve children without informing his father and law. He pursued them claiming Jacob stole his idols when it was actually Rachel who stole them and hid them inside her camels seat cushion. When her tent was searched she used her pregnancy as a way to not get up wanting to keep the idols because her and Leah never received their inheritance. Not knowing his wife stole the idols, Jacob put a curse on whoever stole them and when Rachel gave birth to her son she passed. In this painting you can see her hands holding her stomach alluding to her pregnancy and she is sitting on the camel.
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