Marc Chagall
Bouquet with Flying Lovers c.1934–47

Artwork details

Artist
Marc Chagall 1887–1985
Title
Bouquet with Flying Lovers
Bouquet aux amoureux volants
Date c.1934–47
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1305 x 975 x 23 mm
frame: 1545 x 1215 x 126 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1948
Reference
N05804
Not on display

Display caption

According to the artist, this picture was begun in the mid-1930s, when he was living in Paris and painting a number of still lifes of flowers. He worked on it at intervals over a period of many years, and the present composition is the final state of three or four. In it two lovers hover behind the dominating vase of flowers, while an angel flies in through the window. To the right is a glimpse of the village of Vitebsk in Russia, where the artist was born. The painting appears to evoke an atmosphere of happiness, but the artist said that it expressed feelings of loss and nostalgia: his wife Bella had died shortly before the final repainting of the work, and he was passing through a period of mourning.

September 2004

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