Marc Chagall The Green Donkey 1911

Artwork details

Artist
Marc Chagall 1887–1985
Title
The Green Donkey
L'Ane vert
Date 1911
Medium Gouache on board
Dimensions Support: 324 x 413 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Lady Clerk 1947
Reference
N05758
Not on display

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While living in Paris between 1910 and 1914 Chagall made many works based on nostalgic memories of his Russian homeland. The naïve style and curious subject of this painting reflect the artist’s preoccupation with folk traditions, particularly those of his Jewish heritage. At one time known as ‘Village Scene’, the colouring and strange arrangement of figures evoke a fantastical scene. While this may relate to a folk tale, no specific narrative for the green donkey has been identified.

March 2005

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