MARC CHAGALL | Vase de fleurs, couple et coq
- Marc Chagall
- Vase de fleurs, couple et coq
- signed Marc Chagall (lower right)
- oil on canvas
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1999
In Vase de fleurs, couple et coq a bouquet of red and white flowers in a vase looms large on a table top. Surrounded by a table, chair and a fruit bowl, the flowers rise from a domestic interior to an outdoor night-time setting, with the bright crescent moon and a couple flying on a large cockerel. Love and marriage were an important part of the artist’s life, as well as a recurring theme in his painting. In 1952, five years before the present work was painted, Chagall married his second wife, Valentina (Vava) Brodsky. Although she came from a similar Russian Jewish background as himself, Vava was always for Chagall associated with France, where he lived at the time and where the two met, and where they lived together until the end of the artist’s life. These highly personal and romantic symbols are harmoniously and joyously combined in the present composition.