Masters Thesis

The Transitionary Experience of Identity Dislocation in Chagall's Work.

The present thesis explores the phenomenon of global migration as related to displacement from geographical locale of birth and upbringing, particularly focusing on the affect of such separation on senses of identity and belonging. Contemporary matters are highlighted through an analysis of works by the twentieth century artist Marc Chagall, whose unique experience of transition between cities, governments, and cultures was set against the backdrop of wars, revolutions, and personal tragedy that cumulatively formed an individual style that proves to be fluently expressive at present time. Particular emphasis is stressed on the painter’s persistent citing of Christian references, specifically the crucifixion, and explanation of such transfixion is brought forth through a visual dissection of three exemplary paintings and factual support through scholarly research.

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