Chagall considered the spectacle of the circus as a crucially visual and poetic experience, a transcendental parallel to everyday life, which satisfied his imagination and his propensity for pure travel and lyricism: ‘the circus is a magical world, a continuous dancing game in which tears and laughter, the movement of arms and legs constitute a totally unique art’ (Marc Chagall, Le Cirque (exhibition catalogue), Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, 1981, n.p.).
The dancer at the centre of the present composition glows with a resplendent pink, which contrasts beautifully with the blues and greens of the figures surrounding her. The violinist to her right and the floating profile of the female head at the bottom left of the canvas are frequent motifs within Chagall’s œuvre. The tiered seating within the circus tent frames the composition with the audience painted in a floral cacophony of colour. L'écuyère en rose invites us to join in with the joy of this circus imagined by Chagall, and experience the music and its escapist nature.
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