Landscape with figure lying underneath a tree.

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The Poet with the Birds, 1911

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Marc Chagall, a Russian native, traveled to Paris in 1910 for an extended stay. The Poet with the Birds dates from his second year there. A man in traditional Russian clothing seems to float as he lazily daydreams, staring up at the white birds in the tree. With the new freedom Chagall found in France, his work became increasingly dreamlike, anticipating Surrealist art of the 1920s and 1930s. A movement in both literature and visual art, Surrealism aimed to tap into the subconscious mind, often through dreamlike imagery.

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Title
The Poet with the Birds
Artist Life
Russian (born Belarus, active France), 1887 - 1985
Role
Artist
Accession Number
61.36.7
Catalogue Raisonne
Meyer, 43.
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Landscape with figure lying underneath a tree.

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