Marc Chagall, ‘The Marriage’, 1964, Baterbys Art Gallery

A couple in wedding attire embrace and float above a town. The pair represents Marc Chagall and his wife Bella above their town of Vitebsk. Chagall often portrayed himself and his wife floating midair suggesting that their love knew no earthly bounds. The lack of detail in the background and black and white palette add to the dream-like quality of the work.

Signature: Hand signed in pencil, lower right

About Marc Chagall

Honored for his distinct style and pioneering role among Jewish artists, Marc Chagall painted dream-like subjects rooted in personal history and Eastern European folklore. He worked in several mediums, including painting, printmaking, and book illustration, and his stained glass windows can be seen in New York, France, and Jerusalem. Chagall arrived in Paris in 1910 and began experimenting with Cubism, befriending painters Robert Delaunay and Fernand Léger. Chagall’s style has been described as a hybrid of Cubism, Fauvism, and Symbolism, and his supernatural subjects are thought to have significantly influenced the Surrealists. Though he actively engaged in the Parisian artistic community, art for Chagall was first and foremost a means of personal expression. He preferred to be considered separately from other artists, his imagery and allegory uniquely his own.

Russian-French, 1887-1985, Vitebsk, Belarus