Gouache and watercolour on cardboard
50,5 х 37,5
Private collection, St.Petersburg
The First World War brought a large number of images to life in Chagall’s work. He created an entire cycle of drawings on the subject of war, along with small paintings on paper, like Soldiers with Loaves. At that time, bread was highly valuable and was a symbol of survival. By depicting a soldier with bread, the artist creates image of people who are proud of their loot, facing life bravely and confidently.
The painting was exhibited in 1916 in Petrograd at the exhibition Contemporary Russian Painting (No. 138, under the title Soldier with Bread).
Chagall, Marc (Shagal, Mark Zakharovich)
1887, Vitebsk - 1985, St Paul de Vence (France)
Painter, graphic artist. Studied at the Yehuda Pen School in Vitebsk (1906), School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (1907-08), Seidenberg''s studio, under Mstislav Dobuzhinsky and Leon Bakst at the Elizaveta Zvantseva School of Drawing and Painting (1908-09) and in private studios in Paris (1910-14). Contributed to the exhibitions of the World of Art (1912), Donkey''s Tail (1912), Salon des Independants (1912-14) and Jack of Diamonds (1916). Lived in Vitebsk and Petrograd (from 1915), director of the Vitebsk School of Art. Moved to Moscow (1920) and worked for the Jewish Chamber Theatre. Illustrated Nikolai Gogol''s Dead Souls and La Fontaine''s frobtes for Ambroise Vollard. Designed the sets and costumes for a production of Igor Stravinsky''s ballet The Firebird (1945). Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern An in New York (1946). Lived in Paris (from 1923), USA (from 1941) and St Paul de Vence (from 1950).