Blue House, Mark Chagall, 1917
- Posted by Mark Zakharovich Shagal
- Museum: Museum of Fine Arts, Liege
- Year: 1917
Overview of the painting :
Blue house – Mark Zakharovich Shagal. 1917. Oil on canvas. 66 x 96.8 cm
Vitebsk was the favorite city of Chagall, a landmark place that the artist always remembered and took care of these memories. It is no coincidence that when the painter had the opportunity to visit the Soviet Union at the invitation of Furceva, Shagal deliberately refused to travel to Vitebsk – he wanted to keep the old city, the city of his youth and first love in his soul. The canvas “Blue House”, like many others, is dedicated to the famous Belarusian city.
The landscape reproduced by the Chagall is distinguished by copyright (!) reliability and realism, except, perhaps, the blue house itself, written in the foreground. What was the connection with the choice of this wheel? Some critics interpret this color as a symbol of longing – the artist missed his hometown. You can also call the blue stall the color of the memory. A remarkable and color interpretation of the sky – it is completely flooded with a golden mareva, as a result of which the city turns into a special fantastic place.
As in many Chagall works, the picture bears the imprint of author’s reality. This is a special attitude where ordinaryness is painted in bright colors through feelings, emotions and love. “Paris, you are my Vitebsk” – Chagall used to say, and there was no compliment above.