Chagall resided in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in the South of France from 1960 until his death in 1985, and he sought to capture the town's easy charm and luminosity. According to Chagall's biographer Franz Meyer, "The light, the vegetation, the rhythm of life all contributed to the rise of a more relaxed, airy, sensuous style in which the magic of color dominates more and more with the passing years. At Vence he witnessed the daily miracle of growth and blossoming in the mild, strong all-pervading light—an experience in which earth and matter had their place" (Franz Meyer, Marc Chagall, London, 1964, p. 519). Pot aux fleurs, roses hails from the end of the artist's life which was simulatenously intensely nostalgic and celebratory for its sense of peace and joy. Flanking the flowers is a pair of lovers who seem to revel in the beauty provided by the boquet above them. This is perhaps representative of Chagall's never ceasing mourning for his beloved wife Bella, with whom he most certainly wished he had spent these happy and bright years.
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