watercolour and gouache on paper
62,2 x 47 cm / 24 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.
signed lower centre
Marc Chagall made no sketches or preparatory studies for paintings. The motifs may be similar, but rarely will one recognize a drawing or watercolour in a painting. These works are always self-contained expressions of his creative energy. The present work impresses the viewer as more immediate and full of joie de vivre than a fully executed painting. It shows the creative process and in the mind’s eye the artist appears as he was working on it. Chagall had left Russia for good in 1922, his wife and daughter joined him soon after. They moved to Paris, which he had left in 1914 for a short visit in his home country, but he was prevented from returning by the outbreak of war. At that time, he left behind his studio in La Ruche full of paintings – but after eight years, everything was gone. In 1925 n Vollard commissioned him with illustrations for La Fontaines „Fables“, which kept him busy for several years. He was still working on them in 1928, while he spent the summer in Céret. He possibly created the enchanting watercolour there. Like many of his works, it is a declaration of his love for his wife Bella. Provenance available
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