Le violiniste du mariage, c.1975
Stamped with signature lower right
Watercolour, ink, gouache and pastel on paper
22 3/4 x 29 3/4 in, 57.7 x 75.5 cm
“But in Art, like in life, everything is possible if there is Love”. Painted in 1975, 'Le Violiniste du mariage' is filled with the complex symbolism Chagall had developed by...
“But in Art, like in life, everything is possible if there is Love”.
Painted in 1975, 'Le Violiniste du mariage' is filled with the complex symbolism Chagall had developed by the mature stage in his career. Combining his iconic motifs of the violinist, newly married couple, goat and the rooftops of Vitebsk, this painting is a joyful celebration of marriage and love.
In 1966, Chagall and his second wife Valentina settled in Saint-Paul, in the South of France. Chagall, at the peak of his success, was designing murals, mosaics, tapestries and stained glass windows for synagogues and cathedrals. Religious themes characterise his paintings from the late 1960s and 1970s and in this evocative work he has depicted a traditional Jewish wedding. The married couple, a recurrent theme in Chagall’s oeuvre, stand underneath a chuppah; consisting of a cloth or sheet stretched over poles, symbolizing the home and life the couple will build together.
As in his major canvas 'La Vie', 1964, in the collection of the Fondation Marguerite et Aime Maeght in St Paul de Vence, Chagall has filled the wedding scene with music. The violinist is one of the most prominent motifs within Chagall’s work. As in 'La Vie', the sun also shines symbolically over the happy scene of marriage below.
Works such as this can be read as a visual autobiography, in which past and present merge. The village below references both the small wooden houses of Vitebsk and the medieval village of Saint-Paul where he was now happily settled. During the 1970s Chagall’s compositions became increasingly dream-like. In 'Le Violiniste du mariage' Chagall’s lyrical, painterly touches, arabesque sweeps and delicate washes of grey and black create an ethereal vision, alluding to the spiritual significance of this work which celebrates, above all, Love.
Private Collection, Paris
This work is accompanied by a certificate issued by the Comité Chagall and dated 10 July, 2015