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Blue Lovers. 1914

Chagall Marc
Oil on paper mounted on cardboard
49 х 44

Private collection, St.Petersburg


Chagall’s love for Bella Rosenfeld and his joy at sharing his feelings inspired the artist to create an entire series of paintings about lovers, which includes Blue Lovers. Chagall reverently conveys the enchanting nature of tender love in this work, as in other pieces from the series. Through colour and stylistic decisions, the artist created a mood that is first emotionally tense, then lyrically tender.
The painting was shown in 1916 at the Knave of Diamonds exhibition (No. 347, Lovers (Blue)) and was held by the V. A. Lurie Collection (Petrograd) at that time.

Author's Biography

Chagall Marc

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).

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