oil on canvas
60 x 73 cm (23 5/8 x 28 3/4 in.)
signed lower left verso signed
Depictions of lovers are among the central motifs in Chagall's oeuvre. His inspiration for this subject was always his love for his first wife Bella, but also, after her death, for his second wife Vava. Often the depictions of the lovers are set in dreamlike landscapes in which gravity seems to have been suspended, so that the lovers float amidst bright colors. This is also evident in the present work. Chagall's most iconic motifs come together on a yellow ground: punctuating the radiant yellow is a green trapezoidal form that frames the lovers - flanked by a figure, also floating, that seems to bless the couple. The couple floats above a village that brings to life the artist's earliest- childhood memories: his birthplace of Vitebsk. Next to them, a lush bouquet of flowers grows out of a radiant red triangular shape on the left side of the painting. Flowers always had a special symbolic meaning for Chagall. For him, flowers stood for hope, rebirth and the beauty of life. They also served him to connect with nature and the natural world, which for him was a source of inspiration and spirituality, and they are also the symbol par excellence of his love for Bella and Vava.