La Visite de l’ange ou Juif à la Thora.
The Jew and his Torah shine in the darkness
Chagall’s artistic exploration of Judaism has made him one of the most celebrated Jewish artists of the 20th century, leaving a lasting impact on the world of art and inspiring generations to embrace their cultural and religious roots.
The background colors of the painting depict the world in somber, gloomy shades. The sun, bird, and even the house are presented by the artist in muted colors, representing the daily challenges faced by Jews during their exile. However, at the heart of the composition stands a Jew bursting in vibrant colors, who despite all the bleak surroundings is holding the sefer Torah tightly. His eyes reflect fulfillment, as he strives to live in a realm of spirituality and angels.
The painting depicts the secret of Jewish survival: A Jew and his Torah rise above the backdrop of the world’s troubles and his eternal strength is divine and unending.
Chagall’s Judaic works hold immense significance, as they celebrate the rich traditions of Jewish life and heritage. Through his art, Chagall invites viewers to contemplate the profound spirituality and cultural legacy that have shaped the Jewish people throughout history.
La Visite de l’ange ou Juif à la Thora
Oil and graphite on canvas
Stamped Marc Chagall (lower left);
Dedicated to Vava cherie (his wife) 16/4 1977
(on the reverse) and signed Marc Chagall
25.5 by 18 in. (65 by 46 cm.)
Executed circa 1937-38.
PROVENANCE Estate of the artist 1937 – 1977
- Dedicated to Vava cherie (his wife) 1977
- Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired from the above)
- Private Collection, Europe (acquired from the above)
- Sotheby’s private sale to the present owner
- Exhibited at Sotheby’s Palm Beach, Florida.
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