July 07, 2008

Chagall blue

It's Marc Chagall's birthday.

During his nine decades, Chagall produced a prodigious, vibrant body of work. His paintings are marvelous, but I love his stained glass best, and I'm always delighted to come upon Chagall's glass in my travels.

I found his electric-cobalt blue in St. Stephen's Church in Mainz, Germany. Nine soaring Chagall panels send streams of blue light through the thousand-year-old structure.

And at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the most pleasing and accessible art museums I've visited, Chagall's America Windows turn an entire gallery into a great, blue embrace.