Sunday, May 21, 2006
Star of David framing Hebrew letters in
"The Pinch of Snuff" 1912
Jewish artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) came from a Hassidic family and that's why critics assume that paintings contain symbols such as the Star of David. In the Nazi period Chagall became a model of the "degenerate artist" and his
"Most famous painting at the time, "The Pinch of Snuff," featuring a Rabbi and a Star of David, was dragged through the streets and exposed to public ridicule".
In the Knesset (the Israeli parliament building) there's a hall, which is used for state receptions where Chagall designed a floor of mosaics. One of the main subjects described in this mosaic is the Star of David. It seems that this symbol is appreciated so highly that it enters naturally to the most distinguished and representational places in the country.
The Knesset offers guided tours on Sundays and Thursdays between the hours of 8:30AM-2:30PM.
I hope to join one of these groups in the near future and take a picture of this work if it's allowed.