Le Grand bouquet, executed in 1950, highlights how Chagall allowed his imagination to govern the paintbrush, presenting the viewer with various uses of perspectives in form and color. The subject of colorful bouquets of flowers captivated Chagall since the late 1920s, and indeed it is a theme he explored seemingly without end in his oeuvre. In 1924, while in Toulon in the South of France, the artist first began to admire the charm of flowers; he later claimed (perhaps misleadingly) that he had not known of flowers in Russia, and they came to represent France for him. Writing about the subject of flowers in Chagall’s work, Franz Meyer comments, "Many are simple still lifes with a bunch of red roses and white lilacs; in others, pairs of lovers and air-borne fiddlers gambol through space. The atmosphere encompasses and pervades the flowers like a magically light airy fluid, vibrant with their vitality" (Franz Meyer, Marc Chagall, New York, 1963, p. 369).
Marc Chagall, Bouquet de printemps, 1967, oil on canvas, sold: Sotheby’s, New York, November 7, 2007, lot 64 for $3,737,000