Charles Darwent on Chagall, Modern Master – The riddle of Marc’s green donkey

When Marc Chagall, lately Moishe Shagal, arrived in Paris from Vitebsk in what is now Belarus in 1911, he was driven there by the same need for modernity as Picasso had been a decade before. Studying in St Petersburg with the theatre designer Léon Bakst, he had caught wind of what was going on in France – Cubism and Fauvism, and the first rumblings of those other –isms that would together make up Modernism.

And so the Tate show opens with the 24-year-old Chagall like a kid in a toy shop, unable to choose which of the shiny new French styles to play with first. Back home, he had been taken with Gauguin. The Yellow Room, among Chagall’s first Paris paintings, hints at the house in Arles which Gauguin had shared with Van Gogh, at Vincent’s picture of his bedroom there. A few feet away, Nude in the Garden flirts with

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