I got more and better birthday presents this year than is entirely seemly for someone ostensibly out of childhood. Mrs.5000 being a dame of excellent and discriminating taste, the haul included more than one contribution to the ongoing Coffee Table Book Party.
I always kind of liked Chagall, but I got more interested when I was poaching his many paintings on Biblical themes over at the Bible blog.
Chagall is not a tough "modern artist" to like -- his paintings have trippy but recognizable narrative elements that are often sweet or even sentimental, his colors are bright and cheery, and his shapes and compositions are rounded, soft, and inviting.
I mean, I defy you to dislike this sweet kittycat:
It's not always 100% clear what's going on, of course. This one, which seems to feature a goat attacking a harliquin, is called Mauve Nude. Cool.
It is, to be sure, a lovely and lavish book, sure to be a coffee table hit for some time to come.