Exhibition

Matrimonial Bliss: Chagall’s Double Portrait with Wine Glass

Exhibition Dates: May 21 - July 30, 2017

Marc Chagall
Belorussian, 1887-1985
Double Portrait with Wine Glass, 1917 – 1918
Oil on canvas
Paris, Musee National Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou
Photo: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Marc Chagall
Belorussian, 1887-1985
Double Portrait with Wine Glass, 1917 – 1918
Oil on canvas
Paris, Musee National Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou
Photo: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

“I had only to open my window, and blue air, love and flowers entered with her. She seemed to float over my canvases, guiding my art.” — Marc Chagall

Amid the hardships of World War I, Marc Chagall eagerly married the beautiful and well-educated Bella Rosenfeld in 1914, after mutual “love at first sight.” Wedding portraits are common in the history of art, but Chagall’s Double Portrait with Wine Glass defies typicality. Filled with warm, bold colors and unusual composition, the painting exudes Chagall’s excitement for marriage and the life he’d live with his muse for the next 35 years.

Generous support for this exhibition is provided by the Douglas and Wendy Dayton Foundation.