The present composition depicts an embracing young couple floating above a bouquet of flowers, set against the same distinctive view of Saint-Paul-de-Vence that Chagall often turned to in his later work. The view of the town, dominated by the church at its top, is surrounded by Chagall’s characteristic iconography, including the floating lovers and budding floral arrangement, all set against a shimmering multi-colored background. By juxtaposing this imagery, Les fleurs de Vence combines Chagall’s love of his Mediterranean home with his characteristic dream-like pictorial vision. With its free-flowing style and bright, translucent colors, the present work is a magnificent example of the effect that the south of France had on Chagall’s art. “The Southern French landscape has astonished Chagall with its wealth of colours and its lyrical atmosphere, had captivated him with the beauty of its flowers and foliage. These impressions found their way into his paintings of that period, refined their peinture and lent them a hitherto unknown radiance” (W. Erben, Marc Chagall, London, 1957, p. 134).
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