Romance is a recurring theme within Chagall’s oeuvre and is often a reference to Chagall’s first wife, Bella. Although Bella unexpectedly passed away in 1944, she continued serve as Chagall’s primary muse. When Chagall married Bella, he was met with hesitancy from Bella’s family who preferred that she marry someone with more stable income. Their relationship was special as it represents the true expression of love—the willingness to cross societal norms for lifelong affection. The passion between the lovers depicted in Nu au cyclamen, Gstaad is representative of that special love—one which followed him wherever he traveled (see fig. 1).
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