Where you have to open a bottle of red wine (Morgon would be the better, but if you don't find this particular one, just enjoy yourself with another one !)
I'm not used to present a picture to illustrate something I want to say, it's more often the contrary and the text serves me as an illustration for a work. But as life is not logical, I won't be too, just this once won't hurt. Last week, I was drunking a perfect Morgon (a french red wine from Beaujolais) and when saw the red liquid into my glass (the first one, after the others I was not able to think really clearly about art), a painting came to my mind.
I was visiting the Centre Pompidou in Paris, an exhaustive day despite the fact that I gased up with a delicious sandwich. It was an occasion for me to accumulate a lot of ideas about works of art to illustrate with my words. And there is precisely one I saw once, then twice and decided to write down its reference. I was right, because that night I wasn't capable of remember it exactly.
Marc Chagall is one of the first painter I've studied the work. I was in junior high school, and every wednesday morning, I was part of a visual art group in charge of making the set piece of the annual school's play. We copied many works of the russian artist and I must confess that, if my younger eyes were thrilled by it, I don't know what they would think now. Anyway, I had to research a lot about his work, and that was the first time I acted this way with an artist.
All this leads us to the Double portrait au verre de vin (Double portrait with a glass of wine) of 1917-1918, which you can see in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern Art. And when I look at the reproduction (which you can enlarge by clicking on it), I just can think about one thing, or rather one sound : haha ! Yes, I'm laughing. Aren't you ?
But they are ! They are newly weds, in a city parisian and russian in the same time. They are flying above a river and a church, in a golden sky full of light. Bella's face is mischevious, when Marc's is laughing. She wears a fan, and you can imagine it very refreshing after many glasses of wine. Do you feel the fresh air moving her short hair ? He raises his glass to them. Her tights are purple, as the wine when it stains a fabric. His jacket is red as the wine when the light makes it glow through a glass. And what about the angel flying above them ? He's purple too, sacred colour for the Christians and colour of Bella's tights in the same time. Did he swallow some of the red wine in Marc's glass ? And Bella has just a glove left, where is its twin ?And why is Marc hiding Bella's left eye ? ©adagp, 2010
Haha, who cares ? Let's party with them !
Tags: marc, chagall, red, wine, beaujolais, morgon, portrait
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