He noticed some students drawing and had an interest in art. He said that it was an artistic vision and revelation. He started by copying images from books and gained experience in portraying his thoughts and ideas. Later, he said that he wanted to be a painter and pursued his passion. He began at the studio of Yehuda (Yuri) Pen. When Chagall moved to Paris for his first stay, his artistic career skyrocketed as he painted the Homage to Apollinaire in 1912. During this time, it was considered as the best phase of his artistic career. The art shows a man and women joined at the hip and are surrounded by geometric shapes, names of several poets and numbers. From the viewer's point, this portrait shows them naked with distorted faces. Still, on the painting, there is a heart with an arrow through on one of their legs. The woman's hand seems to hold a black object in her only visible hand while the man seems to cover the ladies’ pubic area.
The artist used a generous splash of colours red, white, grey, a touch of blue, green, brown, and black. On the red patch, you will see some numbers written, 9, 0, and 1. Even more, it has names of several poets and numbers that were special to Chagall. The modernist artist created exceptional works of paintings, drawings, stage sets, ceramics, and fine art prints. According to other art enthusiasts, the artist was the last of its kind in the European modernists. Born in a Lithuanian Jewish Hassidic family in Liozna, the artist faced many troubles from his childhood and survived through his years of occupation and destructions.
He lived through a century full of problems, pandemics and wars. His lifetime was characterised the world war II, the Nazi wars, Jewish discrimination, as seen in his autobiography, My Life. He described that his artistic life was influenced by the Hasidic Judaism that he went through. He keeps highlighting the problems, events, and celebrations they had as they fulfilled Jewish traditions in his art. He documented all these traditions in paintings and art. Today, his art is celebrated worldwide as one of the most iconic artists of the 17th to 18th century.