At the age of 21, Sarah D'Avigdor died in a boating accident. As a memorial to her, her parents commissioned Marc Chagall to do a stained glass window in All Saints Church in Tudeley in Kent, England, as she had so admired his paintings at the Louvre. Chagall was only asked to do the one window, but Chagall being Chagall...he did all twelve!
What is that painting by David Hockney doing on here? Young as she was, Sarah D'Avigdor admired this artist and was among one of the first to buy one of his paintings. She didn't buy this painting though, the reason that I chose this one is just a personal one, the young man seated in this painting looks very much like my husband when he was younger, with long dark hair, and even the tilt of his head!
I found a clip on Youtube which shows the windows from the church and you can also see the description of them on this site www.tudeley.org/chagall.htm Once on that site, there are two videos there that you may want to watch.
I have not seen these windows by Chagall but I hope to see them one day. One of Richard's friends lives not too far away from this church and he has told me that he would take us when we visit. (I am holding you to this, Dave!)
Marc Chagall is one of those artists that I really like and find fascinating. You may read more about him here http://www.chagallpaintings.org/biography.html
May I leave you with something that Chagall wrote about stained glass? I think it is beautiful...
For me, a stained glass window is a transparent partition between my heart and the heart of the world...
It has to live through the perception of light.
To read the Bible is to perceive a certain light and the window must make this obvious through its simplicity and grace.
Here, this is the one to click on for Youtube...the other stained glass windows here are all from the Monastery which is right here in Conyers, Georgia. Notice how the blue window at the monastery ( the very last one on here) is very much like the blue from Chagall!
Stained glass windows are so beautiful to me and I always look carefully at them at any church I have ever visited. Do you have any favorites that you could let me know about? Have you ever seen any that have made you have that sharp intake of breath that means you are inspired by them?