Marc Chagall (7 July 1887 – 28 March 1985), was a Russian-French artist associated with several major artistic styles and one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. He was an early modernist, and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. His most famous painting is probably “I and the Village” In it we see a cubist influenced style, the farmer and the sheep stare at each other, both at eye level, the dependency of the farmer on the animal for survival is clear. However Chagall’s main muse was his beloved wife Bella. He said this of her upon meeting her for the first time: “Her silence is mine, her eyes mine. It is as if she knows everything about my childhood, my present, my future, as if she can see right through me” The painting “Birthday” where Chagall is floating over head, bending over backwards to kiss her, in particular shows his adoration of her. It is also quite common to find images of musical instruments being played by animals.