|"The Israelites crossing the Red Sea" (1931) by Marc Chagall; gouache, oil on paper|
|"Moses calls the waters down upon the Egyptian army" (1966) by Marc Chagall|
Finally, he could no longer restrain himself. “Excuse me, sir,” he asked, approaching one of the passerby, “what do you think of that painting.” The man looked up, confused. “I’m terribly sorry,” he answered, “but I’m afraid I can’t see the painting at all – the king’s horse is blocking it completely.” Suddenly the painter understood the problem, and knew how he had to fix it. He drew his knife, stepped up to his masterpiece, and split it from top to bottom, cleaving it into two. He then re-positioned the two pieces, leaving a small gap between the painting’s right and left halves. Only then did people realize that it was a picture, and gave it the attention and wonder it deserved.