Soldiers is a 1912 Cubist artwork by the legendary artist Marc Chagall. This painting showcases male portraits of soldiers in line with that style of art genre. Made up of geometric shapes and angles, the piece itself is directional and bold. While the original painting is not available for viewing as it’s in a private collection, another work titled “The Soldier Drinks” from 1912 has a permanent home at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Chagall’s Soldiers painting represents his early days as an artist in Paris and remains one of his notable works from that period. The artwork offers various facets that draw on Chagall’s free-spirited nature, which distinguished him from other artists belonging to his era. Through Soldiers’ precise and jagged brushstrokes, Chagall encapsulates each soldier’s gaze looking directly out towards the viewer.
It is also important to note that this painting wasn’t an isolated case; it was one piece among others where he depicted peasant life, metaphors of security, and vitality such as “The Cattle Dealer.” Furthermore, his ground-breaking style earned him recognition not only as a pioneer but also played a defining role in modernism. It’s no wonder why critics often regard him as “the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century.”