Marc Chagall, Half-Past Three (The Poet)

Painted by Marc Chagall in the winter of 1912, “Half-Past Three (The Poet)” can be considered something of an artistic manifesto, a celebration of individual creativity and of the power of our imagination. In it, Chagall renders conventional, but strikingly personal, elements of his Parisian studio in a truly unconventional way: as a set of intersecting and overlapping lines and prismatic planes. Learn more about this compelling masterpiece with Timothy Rub, Former Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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