Marc Chagall: The Madonna of the Village (1938-42)

Marc Chagall, The Madonna of the Village, 1938 – 1942, Oil on canvas, 102.5 x 98 cm ,Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

“During the years of the Jewish holocaust, Chagall painted numerous religious scenes taken from the Christian tradition…In 1940, while living temporarily in the Provencal town of Gordes, to which he had fled to escape the menacing Nazi advance through Holland and Belgium towards France, he continued working on this ambitious canvas and repainted some of the areas that were already sketched. The painting was not entirely completed until 1942, while the painter was staying in New York.

The painting in its final state shows a Madonna holding the Child in her arms, surrounded by angels singing and playing music accompanied by a flying cow with a violin. The scene is set near a small village. The Madonna, rendered on a monumental scale and wearing a bridal gown, floats in a fantasy world that is so characteristic of the painter.”

Paloma Alarcó

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Chagall with his lovely astounding blue!

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  2. Our Gospel today is from Matthew 5:13-16, about letting our light shine (and not hiding it under a bushel basket). This candle is a beautiful example of a shining light. Thank you for the image to go with the words.

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    1. Perfect! Thanks for sharing, Madeline. 🙂


  3. I didn’t realize that Chagall was so recent. For some reason, I thought he was earlier. Thank you for the post.

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    1. My pleasure, Sheila! Have a wonderful day! 🙂


  4. Thanks for sharing this image . Anita

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  5. Bridgette says:

    I love this one!

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  6. Have always loved Chagall’s work.

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