October 31, 2011
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER
Almost nobody would guess that the Russian Revolution of 1917 would have produced great religious art. However, Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde at the Art Gallery of Ontario until Jan. 15 is chock full of icons, angels, reverie and mysticism.
The central artist in the exhibition, Marc Chagall was one of the great religious artists of the modernist era. His most significant works include stained glass windows for the cathedrals of Reims and Metz, numerous paintings of the crucifixion of Christ, illustrations for an edition of the Old Testament and paintings of Hasidic life in the Jewish quarter of Vitebsk, in Soviet Belarus.