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Bride, Marc Chagall – description of the painting

Description of the picture:

Bride – Mark Zagarovich Chagall. 1950. Gouache, pastel 68 x 215; 53 cm
The image of the bride is found more than once in the paintings of Marc Chagall, especially on the eve of the artist’s wedding on Bella Rosenfeld. However, the presented work “The Bride” stands out from the general series – Bella has long been dead, and this is not an ode to love and tenderness.

The picture combines features inherent in the style of the author, familiar and recognizable, as well as innovative ideas. First of all, the innovations relate to the choice of a color palette – a blue-gray background with a set of symbolic and fantastic images, in the foreground of which the bride stands. She is wearing a red dress and a white veil to the floor, and in her hands is a green branch of flowers – the girl seems to come out of the canvas, rushing towards the viewer. One critic once remarked that looking at this picture, it seems that this girl is not someone’s abstract narrowed, namely yours, and her attentive gaze of small eyes is directed at you.

The composition of the picture is “assembled” from various national Jewish leitmotifs – a goat playing the cello, a flutist musician, a girl with pigtails. The author also saturated the space of the canvas with symbols, such as a fish with a candle in the fin, a squirrel under the cello, and, of course, a church that was not immediately visible. A bright bride is surrounded by a man – either he gently hugs the girl, or carefully adjusts the veil on her head.

The image of the girl turned out to be somehow fantastic and unreal. It is not surprising that many interpret this work of the painter as an attempt to express longing for what he had long lost.

An interesting fact: the picture “The Bride” can be seen on a poster in the protagonist’s apartment in the movie “Notting Hill” with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. This was due to the fact that the screenwriter of the famous film is a big fan of Chagall and could not miss the opportunity to “quote” him in one of the scenes."

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