The Good Samaritan (1967) by Marc Chagall

The Good Samaritan - Marc Chagall - 1967

Artwork Information

TitleThe Good Samaritan
ArtistMarc Chagall
Dimensions447 x 278 cm
Current LocationUnion Church of Pocantico Hills, Tarrytown, New York
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About The Good Samaritan

Marc Chagall’s Good Samaritan Window design dates back to 1967, after the end of World War II. The etching plates measure 10 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. (27.3 x 19.4 cm) with a sheet dimension of 17 7/8 x 15 in. (45.4 x 38.1 cm). Chagall used lines, angles, triangles and squares to create a whimsical horizon feature that resembles Russia’s villages where he spent his childhood years.

The Good Samaritan Window design is part of a series of stained glass artworks created by contemporary artists such as Corinne Vonaesch, John August Swanson, Jim Janknegt and Daniel Bonnell. It is not the only work related to this story; there are several others from different artists across the globe.

Chagall anticipated Surrealism’s dream-like imagery through his artwork; he believed that art should come from one’s psychic being and mind – a theme he portrayed in most of his pieces. The artwork draws viewers’ attention through its well-coordinated combination of abstract forms, symbols and colours depicting the biblical story’s message.

In summary, Marc Chagall’s Good Samaritan Window is an inspiring piece that captures both imagination and intellect while portraying its message beautifully with its harmonious blend of shapes and colours – a subtle nod to Chagall’s Russian village childhood aesthetics embodied within the piece itself.”

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