MARC CHAGALL, Bouquet Jaune sur Fond Bleu, 1981-82 (Yellow Bouquet Against a Blue Background),
oil on canvas hand-signed lower left and verso, 214/5 × 181/5 inches.
Floral paintings are a striking constant throughout Chagall’s oeuvre, not as formal studies in realism, but as part of a pictorial lexis within the visual language of the artist’s creative imagination. Flowers feature prominently in his
works dealing with lovers. In this painting, as the embracing lovers delicately kiss, the floral arrangement becomes part of their emotional landscape; suffusing their setting with warm light, enhancing the lyrical air of romance.
From early on in his career Chagall masterfully conjured harmony and radiance to make color an essential element of his work. In this later oil painting, Chagall’s exceptional skill as a colorist shines forth. His manipulation of soft, ephemeral blues and warming yellows evokes a dreamlike atmosphere punctuated by flashes of passionate red. With his characteristic use of varying scale and the arrangement of other motifs languorously floating within the picture-plane, the canvas reads like a painted poem.
The rooster, a recurring motif in the artist’s work, signals daybreak and possibility. The rising sun suggests warmth and the dawn of a new love. There is nourishment provided for the lovers at the table. The bouquet, so sensitively rendered and delicate and fresh communicates to us an overall sense of anticipated abundance for the lovers in the painting and for human nature itself.
Bouquet Jaune sur Fond Bleu is a classic rendering of a prototypical Marc Chagall painting. Brilliantly colored, this artwork is imbued with romance, spirituality and the joy of endless possibilities—the very nature of life itself.
This artwork is authenticated by the Comité Chagall and is
accompanied by their official certification.
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