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By Gene Kosowan     Nov 11, 2013 in Entertainment
Edmonton - More than 60 lithographs by legendary modernist Marc Chagall, inspired by a Greek fable, have made their way to western Canada for a featured exhibition at the Alberta Art Gallery in Edmonton.
Put together by the National Gallery of Canada, the exhibit, Chagall: Daphnis and Chloé, highlights a sprightly and playful side of the Belarus native. He found inspiration in Greek poet Longus’s poem Daphnis and Chloé, a romance between a shepherd and shepherdess on the island of Lesbos.
The result is a series of surreal depictions of the two sexually-innocent youths adorned with bright splashes of colour, Chagall’s trademark. The accent on bright hues is especially evident on works like The Trampled Flowers and Lamon’s and Dryas’s Dream.
While he was a proponent of modernism, what made Chagall stand out from colleagues like Picasso and Matisse was his attention to rich colours and the attention to detail that made every brush stroke come alive. Critics and curators point to this collection as among his most important contributions to modern art.
Chagall: Daphnis and Chloé runs at the Art Gallery of Alberta until Feb. 17, 2014.
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