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I Am Marc Chagall
Bimba Landmann
Ages 8-12
Full-color Illustrations Throughout
HARDCOVER; Published: 1/1/2006
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5305-9
Price: $ 18.00
40 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 8.625 x 12.25
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I painted my world, my life, all the things I loved, all the things I dreamed of, all the things I could not say in words. I painted my beloved Russia, my hometown Vitebsk, the Jewish neighborhood where I grew up, the way I saw everything as a child.

During prayers he would daydream; in school he was distracted; and at home he worried about what profession he should choose. But when the young Marc Chagall realized he had artistic talent, he translated his unusual way of looking at the world into color and shape.

Chagall grew up, became a painter, and traveled the world, but he never forgot about his hometown of Vitebsk, Belarus, the place that shaped his character and inspired his art.

This book, loosely based on Chagall's autobiography, gives readers a glimpse into the early life of one of the twentieth century's most significant painters. Landmann's charming three-dimensional mixed- media illustrations celebrate the colorful, the whimsical, and the extraordinary aspects of Chagall's life and work.

Society of Illustrators, The Original Art Annual
School Library Journal
"Reflecting [Chagall's] style, the three-dimensional illustrations are constructed from an eclectic assortment of materials. . . Readers will be fascinated by these unusual pictures and the beautifully told story."
School Arts
"An engrossing tale of artistic evolution that brings us close to Chagall's magical insights."
The Jerusalem Post
"A feast for the eyes and a penetrating look at the joys and tribulations of one of the 20th century's most significant painters."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"An effective introduction to Chagall's own works, helping young art critics to understand the viewpoint that created the famous images and encouraging young artists to find their own creative impulses."
Kirkus Reviews
"The palette itself is straight from Chagall, each spread dominated by purples, reds, blues, or greens. A timeline provides concrete facts, but the overall effect of the whole inevitably (and perhaps appropriately) emphasizes image over mere biography."
"Landmann's remarkable shadowbox constructions underscore her subject's view of the fluid boundaries between the mystical and the mundane, representing literal biographical scenes interspersed with the artist's signature soaring farm animals or spiritual symbols."