"Unhappy is the land that needs a hero."
-- Bertolt Brecht
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Marc Chagall (July 7, 1887)
Where do you get your visual image of the shtetl, the place in which, perhaps, your ancestors lived a century or so ago? Chances are, a major contribution comes from the work of Marc Chagall and his lifelong reimagining of his home town, Vitebsk. That's all I feel the need to say: he's a hero to anyone who needs to imagine recent Jewish history through the lens of modernism.