Marc Chagall's work is always fully of symbolism and "I and the Village, 1911" is no exception.The painting is cyclical and is filled with symbols of rural life. The goat to the left of the canvas probably symbolizes atonement and the forgiveness of sin, and also being cast out into the desert to die. Chagall, to the right of the painting appears to be offering an olive branch - so perhaps the impetus behind this painting was a feeling of guilt in the artist for deserting the village where he grew up. This is art as conundrum; can you resist?
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