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© ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2017, Chagall ®
C1306
The Flying Sleigh
1945
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Marc CHAGALL (Belarus/1887-France/1985)
oil on canvas 105.3x72.9cm

Chagall was born into a Russian Jewish family and was active in France as one of the Ecole de Paris painters. He lived in exile in the United States briefly during World War II. During his stay in U.S., he learned that the Nazis had invaded his home town and he lost his beloved wife Bella a year before the end of the war. Grief stricken, Chagall is said to have been unable to paint immediately after that incident. This work was created right after the end of the war, and it is a work that signals Chagall's return from the depths of his despair. A sleigh carrying a mother and child through the skies above a small village has been seen as a requiem for his deceased wife and the people of his village. This work commemorates his own resurgence, filled with wishes for the return of peace.

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