The great Game of colour

France 1948-1985

Black is a Colour.

Over time Chagall’s palette shifted in new directions. At times it is more sombre, and blacks and their opposites, whites, display a new density. Black is thus a counterweight that invigorates nocturnal dreams. The bright, limpid, India ink wash is the agent that develops the picture.

Lights of the Mediterranean.

Having settled in Vence and later in Saint-Paul, villages in southern France where he decided to live, Chagall toured the Mediterranean region. Its impalpable light infuses the colour of the sky with eternity in the paintings of this last period. Light is also a vehicle for his faith in man and in human thought.

Flowers Before a Window

Marc Chagall (Vitebsk, 1887 - Saint-Paul de Vence, 1985). Flowers Before a Window.
(Le Bouquet devant la fenêtre).

Oil on canvas.
120 x 149 cm.
Duques de Alba Collection.

Late Work: Flashes of Brilliance.

With his forays into other media, other supports, ceramics, sculpture and stained glass, Chagall enriched his oeuvre with another possible reading. The cut of fabrics and the brightness of patterns heighten the freshness and energy of gestures. This splendour also reveals a renewal of his poetry in his final output.

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