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Portrait Of Vava

Painting, 1966, 92×65 cm

Description of the artwork «Portrait Of Vava»

His second wife and last love Valentina Brodsky (Vava or, as it was called close) by Marc Chagall depicts in Paris. Attributes more than recognizable – at the top right of the Eiffel tower, at the bottom, the Paris Opera, the ceiling which was painted by Chagall in 1963, by order of the Minister of culture of France Andre Malraux.

However, the house in the upper left corner suspiciously reminiscent of Vitebsk, and turned to their side profile in the background says that nothing and nobody could dislodge from the heart artist of his hometown.

The picture strikes a daring color palette. Bright, rich colors set the tone for the painting. The picture Vava bright and shining, her face the color of spring leaves, the colors of youth and life, with shimmering purple dress pleases the eye, from behind Vava Peeps scarlet face of his horse. Pablo Picasso spoke about the ability Chagall to hold a brush: "When Matisse dies, the only artist who knows what color, will remain Chagall. I'm not crazy about his roosters, donkeys, flying violinists and other folklore, but his canvases are really painted, not just painted".

Chagall do with extraordinary ease and grace uses color. Zelenaya Wawa in this sense, is not alone. Not to mention "The green violinist", "Jew in green","Bride with blue face" (a groom with a green!). And the colors in the image lovers – generally a separate page in the work of Chagall. It seems that he deliberately experimented, trying to figure out what colors are more suitable for other images of love. To answer this question, the artist painted "Green lovers", "Blue lovers", "Pink lovers","Gray lovers".

In the portrait of Vava by Marc Chagall used the symbol of pregnancy, which repeatedly turned in his work. On the woman's stomach, the image they embraced and merged in a passionate kiss of lovers. It symbolizes respect Chagall and his second wife, to their relationship, like a child who should cherish and nurture with love and care.

Extremely contradictory attitude towards Waw had art historians and relatives of Marc Chagall. It criticized for the fact that it has transformed the artist into a business project. And the son walked from Virginia haggard David many years later, speaking of the last wife of his father, exclusively uses the word "she". But to protect Chagall from all that prevented him from writing, and create ideal conditions for work, as had become his favorite, Waw was a success.

And if as a key argument in defense of Vava to turn to the words of Marc Chagall: "In our lives, as in the artist's palette, there is only one color that can give the meaning of life and art – the color of love," that certainly would have to agree that this color he possessed masterful. "Portrait of Vava" is one of the brightest (in all senses) evidence.

Author: Alain Esaulova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Expressionism, Surrealism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1966

Size: 92×65 cm

Artwork in selections: 22 selections

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