Aged 79, the artist digs within his happy memories that are repetitive throughout his art. He is aware of it and admits not without pride that he assembles his symbols like a poet using the letters of the alphabet to create new words.
L'Hiver stages four flying figures in the night over a city that can only be Vitebsk which he had left 44 years earlier. Despite the density of the scene, the composition is much balanced thanks to a skillful staggering of the distances.
At the closest a young woman holds a large bridal bouquet. Behind her the bridegroom is a goat. The other two offer a serenade : a rooster headed man is charming the beauty with his flute while the cellist riding the goat plays his instrument with energy.
Chagall had not an easy life but in his dreamlike approach to surrealism he ever sought to express and communicate happiness. Humans and beasts are smiling.
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