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Marc Chagall
PASTORALE
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION

Marc Chagall
PASTORALE
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印象派及現代藝術日拍

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Marc Chagall
1887 - 1985年
PASTORALE
Stamped Marc Chagall (lower left)
Gouache, watercolor and black crayon on paper
28 3/4 by 24 7/8 in.
73.5 by 63 cm
Executed circa 1978. 
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The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by the Comité Chagall.

來源

Estate of the artist
Private Collection, Geneva
Private Collection, Connecticut
Acquired from the above in 2006

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Pastorale is a bold and effervescent composition which features some of Chagall’s most emblematic motifs and serves as an exquisite example of the artist’s creative maturity and contentment. Executed in 1978, the present work stems from a time when the artist was feeling happily nostalgic for his past while enjoying the joyful and tranquil life he had made for himself in Saint-Paul-de-Vence (see fig. 1).

At the heart of the composition is an exuberant bouquet of flowers, dominated by both rich green foliage and a dazzling array of jewel-like flowers, flanked by a nude female figure in a tender repose with her clothed lover. An unmistakable self portrait and reference to his beloved Bella, the couple are surrounded by children, animals and a pastoral small village as they derive comfort and pleasure from the swirling, colorful flowers. 

The association of flowers and love was a constant theme in Chagall’s oeuvre and can be traced throughout his earliest work. Indeed, flowers had a special significance for Chagall, as André Verdet explains: "Marc Chagall loved flowers. He delighted in their aroma, in contemplating their colors. For a long time, certainly after 1948 when he moved for good to the South of France after his wartime stay in the U.S., there were always flowers in his studio. In his work bouquets of flowers held a special place… Usually they created a sense of joy, but they could also reflect the melancholy of memories" (quoted in Jacob Baal-Teshuva, ed., Chagall: A Retrospective, Fairfield, Connecticut, 1995, p. 347). 

印象派及現代藝術日拍

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