Chagall’s Dead Souls: A Satirical Account of Imperialist Russia

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When the satirical words of Russia-based, Ukrainian playwright and novelist Nikolai Gogol, and the surrealist, folkloric imagery of France-based Belarusian artist Marc Chagall met on the pages of an illustrated version of the former’s celebrated book, ‘Dead Souls’, the magical pairing was undeniable. The tragedy and humor of existence in 19th-century Imperialist Russia are embodied by the despicable, colorful protagonist of Gogol’s tale, aptly rendered and brought to life by Chagall’s caricature-like etchings. Rarely seen together, all 96 etchings will be exhibited.

In collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Collection and Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery.

Image: The House Painters (detail), from Dead Souls, 1923-1927, Etching on wove paper, UWM Art Collection

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