- 款識：畫家簽名 Marc Chagall（左下）
Alfred A. Streslin, New York (acquired from the above. Sold by his estate: Christie’s, New York, 17th May 1983, lot 69)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Suffused with glowing colours, Le coq jaune is a striking amalgamation of these twin influences. The snowy streets and rooftops - specifically recalling the architecture of Vitebsk - form an evocative backdrop to the central figures of a woman and child and the larger-than-life cockerel. Significantly, the female figure is not presented as a lover, but as an emblem of motherhood. This was a vision of Bella that Chagall evoked in a number of paintings from this period and provides a touching counterpoint to the more usual depiction of her as a lover. The cockerel also has a particular significance. A recurring motif in Chagall’s œuvre, as Franz Meyer notes the bird had for thousands of years ‘played a part in religious rites as the embodiment of the forces of the sun and fire. This symbolic meaning still lingers on in Chagall’s work, where the cock represents elementary spiritual power’ (F. Meyer, op. cit., p. 380). In the present work the brightly coloured cockerel acts as a focal point in the composition, with the vibrant yellow that Chagall uses suggesting a sense of renewed hope and vigour in his art.