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
Matrimonial Bliss: Chagall’s Double Portrait with Wine Glass
May 21, 2017 - July 30, 2017
“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.