Dream Village

Maker and role
Artist: Marc Chagall, French, born Russia (now Belarus), 1887-1985
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Oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 29 1/8in (100.3 x 74cm)
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Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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Further information
“She brought to my studio sweet cakes from her house, boiled milk, all sorts of decorative materials, even some boards which I used for an easel. I had only to open my bedroom window, and blue air, love, and flowers entered with her,” is how Marc Chagall describes his beloved wife, Bella Rosenfeld, who grew up, like the artist, in the small village of Vitebsk, Belarus.

The couple left Russia in 1922, but both their cherished village and blossoming courtship echo throughout the composition. Notice the uneven rooftops outside the window and the lovers embracing in the lower left corner. The title Dream Village and open window suggest a dreamy nostalgia of the past comingled with the present.
Marc Chagall: Seventieth Anniversary Exhibition; 1957
Fruits and Flowers in Painting: An Exhibition Spanning Five Centuries of Art in the Western World, August 12- September 14, 1958; 1958
The Age of a Thousand Flowers: An Exhibition of Works by Artists Past and Present, March 9- April 30, 1962; 1962
Marc Chagall 75th Anniversary Exhibition; 1962
Gallery Gardens; 1963
The Chosen Object: European and American Still Life; 1977
The Window in Twentieth Century Art; Suzanne Delehanty; 1986; p. 20, 34-35, 100
The New York Times; Oct 12, 1986, p. 28
The New York Times; Oct 26, 1986, p. 35
The Houston Chronicle; May 3, 1987, p. 18 (Zest Magazine)
Inside Art: Culture, History, Expression, Book 2; Rebecca Brooks; 1992
From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern; Richard Brettell (b.1949); 2009; p. 346; fig. 2
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 99
Signature & date
Signed l.r.: Marc Chagall
Dated l.r.: 29
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Docent information sheet
V:\Object Documentation\Paintings\1950.24 Chagall\Collections of Texas 2009.pdf


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