- 款識：畫家簽名 Marc Chagall（背面）
Private Collection, France (acquired from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner
The present work is an especially poignant depiction of Chagall and his wife Bella, who had died just months before the artist painted this picture. Begun during his mourning period while he was living in New York in 1945 and finished nearly two decades later when the artist had returned to France, Chagal painted himself rendering a depiction of a bride and groom. This vibrant composition is a heart-felt commemoration of the artist's own beloved bride, who would always be present with him in his art.
The photographer Alexander Liberman provided the following analysis of the lovers in Chagall's paintings, and his description beautifully captures the spirit of the present work :" The lovers in Chagall paintings, closely, magnetically, protectively tied to each other, create a new entity and live oblivious to the surrounding hostile to the tumult of the outside world. This privacy demands its own landscape, and in his paintings bouquets are the couches and bowers for his lovers. 'Love is the strongest possible illumination," Chagall said. 'Love is poetry, too.... We are love, we are made of love. How can we live otherwise?'" (A. Liberman, The Artist in His Studio, New York, 1988, p. 167).