Marc Chagall, ‘The Red Horse, Le Cheval Rouge ’, ca. 1954, E-Moderne Gallerie
Marc Chagall, ‘The Red Horse, Le Cheval Rouge ’, ca. 1954, E-Moderne Gallerie
Marc Chagall, ‘The Red Horse, Le Cheval Rouge ’, ca. 1954, E-Moderne Gallerie
Marc Chagall, ‘The Red Horse, Le Cheval Rouge ’, ca. 1954, E-Moderne Gallerie
Marc Chagall, ‘The Red Horse, Le Cheval Rouge ’, ca. 1954, E-Moderne Gallerie
Marc Chagall, ‘The Red Horse, Le Cheval Rouge ’, ca. 1954, E-Moderne Gallerie
Marc Chagall, ‘The Red Horse, Le Cheval Rouge ’, ca. 1954, E-Moderne Gallerie

Limited edition Lithograph.
Image: 17.1 x 20.9”. (43.5 x 53 cm.)
Paper: 21.1 x 25”. (53.5 x 63.5 cm.)
Framed: 26.75 x 32.5” (67.945 x 82.55 cm.)
Purchased through Gilden’s art UK.

As one of Chagall’s more timeless classics, this wintery scene evokes a traditional nostalgia unlink any other. The variety of colors and whimsical characters help make this piece come alive with romantic charm.

The deep tone of blue throughout the piece is dramatically accented by Chagall’s use of white, highlighting wintery snow landscape. Our heroine is pulled on a sled by a brilliant color horse, wearing magical wings that take her through the snowy night. A yellow rooster joins her on the ride through the piece, as each of the characters is depicted with expressive feature, evoking joyful sentiment and blissful nostalgia. Chagall has recreated an inverse environment, placing the horizon line lower in the composition which focuses our eye on the snowy playground of our characters.

Chagall himself rebukes those who would pin on him the direct influence of Russian folk tales or Jewish tradition: "There is nothing anecdotal in my picture, no fairy tales,  no literature in the sense of folk-legend associations" Chagall. 

What to make of this world flipped on its head, of this snow-bound village hanging down from a curved horizon, the moon at the bottom of it all like some winter flower. Light refracts in prisms across the snowy earth and the rooster, yellow feathers echo the church dome at lower right. Chagall may not have meant to evoke his hometown, Vitebsk, with Le Cheval Rouge (The Red Horse) with the palette of pearly white, midnight blue, and coral red. Nonetheless, he creates an image warm and familiar that captures a sense of being safe in one's house during a clear frozen night.

Series: 229/300

Signature: Signed on the lower right hand corner.

Image rights: Collector & Gallery

Publisher: Raisonne catalog Guy Spitzer, Reproductions de Tableaux de Maitres, Paris. Detailed and illustrated

This work is fully documented and referenced in the Raisonne catalog. Guy Spitzer, Reproductions de Tableaux de Maitres, Paris. Detailed and illustrated

Collector Collection, NYC, USA

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