Tuesday, December 27, 2011


But perhaps my art is the art of a lunatic, I thought, mere glittering quicksilver, a blue soul breaking in upon my pictures.
~Marc Chagall

I've been thinking about beautiful things today.
I adore beautiful things and, as a lot of you know, go out of my way to collect them.
I don't collect for monetary value, I collect what calls to me.
(And it can get quite noisy in the thrift shop with all those voices!  Trust me!)

Eight years ago, when I moved to my current townhouse, (the townhouse without room for a goat)
I created an office that I call The Chagall Room.

Fancy, eh?

Not really.  I merely found what Chagall prints I could and hung them on the walls.
And I began to love Chagall.

In addition to his paintings, he also produced etchings for Fables la Fontaine.
Most notably, I adore the Fox & Goat!

And then, a while back I noticed an interesting thing:
A great many of Chagall's paintings include.....goats!
I didn't like goats then.  And I never noticed the goats.  But, there they are just the same.

I first came upon the realization while I was searching Goat Quotes to begin this original blog and I stumbled across the quote from Notting Hill (a great movie, by the by!):
"Love isn't love until there's a violin playing goat."
Julia Roberts was speaking of her Chagall painting!
(Really!  It's an awesome movie!  Watch it!)

And that made me look at Chagall in a very different way.

And so now, my favorite artist, who existed in my world long before goats, was gifting me with the thing I had come to love best!

Coincidence?  Oh, probably not.  The tricksy Universe at work again!

Though, I hardly think he had me in mind while painting them.
Chagall, not the Universe. 

But......what did he have in mind?
Why all the goats?
And here's where you can Google your heart out.
And you should, if such a thing interests you, if only to see his plethora of lovely, lovely art work.
And, while you're at it, you can play:  Find the Goat!

But for all that anyone has ever said in regard to Chagall's goats, all the second guessing and interpretation,  there was one thing I came upon that is certainly the most true, here in the following quote:

If a symbol should be discovered in a painting of mine, it was not my intention. It is a result I did not seek. It is something that may be found afterwards, and which can be interpreted according to taste.
~Marc Chagall

And so maybe, just maybe, not everything has a hidden meaning.

Enjoy something beautiful today!



Millie said...

You still haven't figured out that we goats rule the world? Surely it will become even more apparent in the coming year.

Pricilla said...

What Millie said...

Merlyn said...

very nice! Altho, then again, it could be like the phenomenon that happens, like when you are pregnant and start seeing pregnant ladies everywhere....or maybe when you have a baby, and then there are babies everywhere....like that. I am currently seeing Santas everywhere, but I think they are for Harry :)

Candy C. said...

Fun post, beautiful artwork and interesting about all the goats, maybe he just LIKED them!!
I'm starting to agree with Millie and Pricilla...the goats around here certainly rule MY world!! ;-)

Marigold said...

The Universe pays us (in Peanuts,mind you) to sneak in on people in those most unexpected places... like Goatmany. Be oh so careful. Somewhere a goat is watching.

denise f said...

Yes, Mimi, the Universe has been talking to you -- it just took awhile for you to her it was telling you "Goat"