Marc Chagall - Portrait de Vava
Portrait de Vava
Oil on panel, mounted on plywood 29.8 x 24.7 cm Framed. Black signature stamp "Marc Chagall" lower right.
Marc Chagall and Valentina Brodsky, known as Vava, found each other after the death of Chagall's first wife, Bella, in 1944. They met in the spring of 1952 and married that same year. In Vava, Chagall met a warm, beautiful and educated woman, who was herself an art historian and spoke a number of languages. Vava had a positive influence on Chagall's work in various ways - she was an inspiration and manager for the artist, who had long since achieved international fame at that point.
Our painting was created shortly after the couple's wedding and attests to a close, trusting bond. Chagall has painted the seated Vava in an almost incidental manner, thus investing the portrait with an unfeigned intimacy. The bold palette in blue, red, yellow and green demonstrates Chagall's unrestrained vitality and creative power during those days and simultaneously conveys the resonant poetry that characterises his unique oeuvre.
With an expert report with the number 2013034 by Jean-Louis Prat, Comité Marc Chagall, Paris, dated 5 April 2013 (copy)
Estate of the artist; Private collection, New York; Sotheby’s London, Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale 20. Juni 2007, Lot 502; Opera Gallery, New York (adhesive label verso); Private possession, South Germany