Man with Pig
Marc Chagall, French (born Russia), 1887 - 1985
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This print relates to the mural Introduction to the Jewish Theater, which Chagall executed in 1920 as part of a commission for the State Yiddish Chamber Theater in Moscow. A total of seven paintings filled the inside of the theater’s auditorium, creating a brightly colored, rhythmically patterned environment that came to be known as “Chagall’s box.” As with this image of a man in outlandishly mismatched pants standing with his cross-eyed pig, the murals fused the artist’s earlier interest in Cubist fragmentation with bountiful references to peasant life and traditional Jewish festivities.