Chagall exhibition at the Liverpool Tate on Saturday

Here’s my sketch made in oil pastel and soft pencil on the spot in front of Chagall’s large painting ‘War’ 1964-66 oil on canvas. It was wonderful to be stood responding to the colour and marks in front of this masterpiece. It really is time-travel I was responding to the actual brushstrokes the artist had made all those years ago. So much is going on in this painting. I bought the catalogue, but you don’t get a sense of the raised bumpy painting especially around the firey areas. Some of the paint is thin and looks almost rubbed on. This is the magic for me and the keys that unlock Chagall as I work. Just me and his painting.