Fortunately, other critics were more enthusiastic. Among them, Jacques Guenne, who wrote, "In this series of gouaches, none of which resembles another in colour or inspiration, we search in vain for what to admire the most; this splendid flow of colours, where furious reds blend into opaque blacks, acid greens, opulent yellows, radiant mauves; the extraordinary alchemy which is discernible from even the most superficial viewing of these images; or the fabulous creation and the poignant tenderness of this mind. Perhaps above all, it reveals the miracle that makes Chagall's use of colour the divine grace of his inspiration." (Jacques Guenne, L'Art vivant, 15 December 1927)
Starting in March 1926 and throughout the 19 months that followed, Chagall created a total of 120 gouaches on this theme. Among this allegorical collection, Marc Chagall drew a partridge in delicate and muted shades, the symbol of an elegant woman, confronted by a group of roosters in lively and vivid colours, representing rude and violent men. An exceptional, poetic quality unfolds against a backdrop of colourful strokes, adorned with vegetation that is evoked by a few blue lines. Having grown up on a farm, Marc Chagall always had an interest in the animal form. In this gouache we see a shimmering beast at the centre of an aerial composition, defying the laws of gravity. This interpretation of the Fables, bursting with colour and making use of the anti-naturalist palette, is a characteristic of all of the work of the artist from Vitebsk.
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