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Promenade. 1917

Chagall Marc,
Oil on сanvas
170 х 163,5

State Russian Museum

Пост. в 1924 из Государственного музейного фонда


Chagall created a series of paintings that were in essence selfportraits with his young wife Bella. The motif of flight common to the works of the cycle acquires its most lively and spontaneous embodiment and possibly its simplest and clearest explanation in Promenade. There is simply not enough room for the two lovers on the earth and so Bella flies upwards into the sky.
The canvas is permeated with metaphors — the still-life on the red tablecloth recalling the wedding banquet, the bare branch about to burst into blossom against the background of the sky, and the bird that the young artist clutches in his hand.

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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