Marc Chagall. The Bride. (La Mariée). (1950).
The painting of Chagall is a marvelous and poetic metaphor world which surrounds the painter, of its history and its beliefs. Chagall crossed its time to the image of its painting, suspended between ground and sky like many its characters.
Prolific artist, Chagall remains today still an artist except for, being able to be attached to no artistic movement. Influenced at the same time for the color by Van Gogh marked by the cubism of Robert Delaunay for the form, Symbolism, surrealism and the German expressionism for the bottom it is in search of a personal, whimsical and poetic universe.
In The Bride Chagall intermingles the real-world and imaginary world. It is a man with the face of goat which plays of the violoncello. The musical instruments, the violoncello and the clarinet evoke the folklore Yiddish of its native Byelorussia.
The background of a blue harms deep and dark evokes darkness, sadness and the melancholy. Contrary, in the foreground the bride intertwined by a partner, the red and white colors, express the joy, the sensuality, tenderness and the union.
The point of view of the spectator is on the level of the horizon. The fact that the characters seem suspended and to float in space diverts the glance.On the picture nothing is in right position all is tilted.
The bride is located on the left tension field, on the 2 natural points of interest. The violoncellist is on the natural point of interest lower right.
The festive part, music, church, meal are on the right third. The bride and her partner on the left third.
Picture is built on the rising diagonal from left to right most guiding lines go in this direction. This diagonal induces the idea of rise.
In her right hand the bride carries a bouquet of flower white.
The green of the bouquet is found on the violoncello and the shoulder of the clarinettist.
The gesture of tenderness of the partner who wraps his arms the face of the bride points out the ceremonial of the Jewish marriage where the bride stops a few meters before the bridal platform, and the groom goes down to put on the veil to him on the face.
This part of the painting as all that is on the right represents the ceremony, the synagog is with far. There exists a particular obligation to delight the newly-wedds. A reception thus follows the marriage with a meal of festival during which it is of use to eat bread and meat, but also by fish since it has fins and scales, this meal is of course accompanied by music and dances.
Violoncello and clarinet evoke the folklore which the artist known in his youth. The animals with the split shoe can them also be with the menu according to the laws of the cacheroute, the food code of the Jewish religion.
The wedding veil is at the origin of the light which lights the picture, by contrast the blue of the background appears even darker.
Contrasts between cold and hot colors. Contrast between complementary colors.
Similar painting :
Marc Chagall. The Bride with the Range. (1911).
Seen profile this bride has the closed eyes what gives him a pensive and deep air.
5 colors compose the painting : Blue, gray, white, black and green.
Marc Chagall. The Paradise. (1961).
Of course blue dominates in the paradise of Chagall, with burning bushes, Adam and Eve, the apple and the snake, angels, animals and all this seems suspended in the air between sky and ground.
Marc Chagall. The Blue Violonist. (1947).
It seems to rise towards the sky while playing with birds on the time and the knees the violoncellist of Chagall. Under the moon on the left the burning bush listening. Blue for the houses similar to those of the bride. The purple one for the sky and always the same mauves and greens.