Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers (c. 1913-1914) by Marc Chagall

Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers - Marc Chagall - c. 1913-1914

Artwork Information

TitleSelf-Portrait with Seven Fingers
ArtistMarc Chagall
Datec. 1913-1914
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions50 3/8 x 42 1/8 in.
Current LocationStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

About Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers

Self-Portrait With Seven Fingers is a notable oil painting by Marc Chagall, a Belarusian-French painter. The painting portrays an image of Chagall painting with seven fingers on one hand, creating a reduced version of Of Russia, of Donkeys and Others. This self-portrait marked the first artwork painted by Chagall at the young age of 25. In the background, we can see the iconic Eiffel Tower visible through the window, indicating that Chagall was living in Paris during this time.

Chagall’s Jewish heritage heavily influenced his work as it reflects traditional folktales, fables, and beliefs. He was known as an early modernist artist who was associated with several major artistic styles. His unique style led to many memorable artworks such as Self-Portrait With Seven Fingers; he used bold colors and surreal elements in this piece.

Today, Self-Portrait With Seven Fingers is part of the prestigious Chagall collection at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. This masterpiece remains famous for its representation of an artist’s introspection and expressionism during their early years.

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