I did every medium that
Chagall did. This includes oils, gouaches, watercolors, drawings, lithographs and etchings. Chagall wasn't much of a draftsman,
in fact he couldn't trace his own hand, but he had a distinctive style that he stole from an Israeli artist named Ruven Ruben.
He was also a "colorist". He managed to put colors together that were unique, and remarkably complimentary to each other.
He also used La France oils and gouaches and watercolors so I wasn't concerned about chemical testing.
was so good with color I had to be sure to emulate his color sense. All Chagall paintings had "Chagall colors". I read once
that while Chagall was working on his famous "stain glass windows" in a synagogue in Israel a group of children came by to
see the master at work. Chagall ask them "do you understand Chagall" and some said "yes" and Chagall replied "thatís funny,
I don't". This was an epiphany to me, because Iím sure he didn't! Artist love to talk about their art with profound descriptions
and definitions of the symbolism they used. The more I read, the more confused I was. So I stopped reading and concentrated
on their work instead.
I believe that most modern artist place objects in a painting because They fit. And then come
up with intellectual horseshit to back up the fact that they were stumped. So I put lovers or flying fish or chickens or
whatever Chagall used in his paintings when ever I was stumped to. I made sure that I didn't mix era's [put objects that
were in the 40's that were not in the 60's and visa versa] This applied to Dali as well. I know it seems over simplified,
but everything doesnít have to be complicated. In fact artist that have a consistency in their work and don't arbitrarily
put symbolic objects in their paintings are easier to emulate. Such as realist and portrait artists.
I only did two
Chagall Oils. I enjoyed doing them but they were just too important and dangerous since most Chagall oils were cataloged.
I did variations of two Chagall watercolors in oil. This made sense because Chagall and other artist would like something
they did in one medium then do it in another. Artist are like writers, ideas don't just pop up, they have to be thought
out and they often have "painters block".
An art dealer in Beverly Hills asked me to do them and had a client that
had more money than god and loved Chagall. This art dealer had enough clout were he could guarantee their authenticity. His
client only asked for one but he was sure he could sell two. So I did two paintings on old canvas and striped off the old
paint. Their was an antique/gallery on La Cienega that had French paintings by minor artist from the late 1800's to the 1950's
with beautiful old and "correct" stretcher bars. The only problem was the gallery owner asked way to much for them. The
two paintings cost almost $9000 and all I needed was the stretcher bars and canvas. Fortunately the art dealer that commissioned
me was a good guy and I was confident he wouldn't screw me. I never had any contracts or work orders, everything I did was
on a handshake. I was still concerned because this could backfire so I insisted on cash and not a check so their wouldn't
be a paper trail.
I eventually had a off shore corporation formed so that all art dealers could write checks to me.
As it turned out this art dealer was arrested for selling fake art and I was never connected. He was also acquitted because
the prosecution couldn't prove the art he sold was fake. The two oils were not involved in the case.