White Crucifixion (1938) by Marc Chagall

White Crucifixion - Chagall, Marc - 1938 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleWhite Crucifixion
ArtistMarc Chagall
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions155 x 140 cm
Art MovementNaïve Art (Primitivism)
Current LocationArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US
Location Created Paris, France
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About White Crucifixion

White Crucifixion is an iconic painting by the Jewish artist Marc Chagall, completed in 1938. It is part of the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago and depicts a powerful message. The painting emphasizes the suffering of Jews, including Jesus who is portrayed as an observant Jew persecuted for his faith. This is a significant departure from traditional Christian depictions of Jesus.

One noteworthy aspect is how this composition reflects specific historical events like violent conflicts such as setting fire to synagogues in Nazi Germany during Kristallnacht (also known as Night of Broken Glass) in 1938. In this way, Chagall’s painting acts as a visual commentary on contemporary events relevant to Jewish people both past and present. He exposes injustices and challenges oppression while striving for social justice through his art.

Chagall was an important Jewish painter of the twentieth century who himself faced difficulty related to his religious identity while living within very tumultuous times; he lost family members in pogroms in Eastern Europe before World War II began. White Crucifixion was part of Chagall’s critical series that focused on depicting Christ as a symbol representing Jewish martyrdom from centuries gone by to fascism’s brutality of his own time. The work includes striking imagery like figures in flight, reminding us that modern politics continuously repeats persecution throughout history.

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