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Valentine Brodsky, Chagall's second wife, is shown as the serene defender of the Chagalls' universe. The green color of her face is associated, as in other works by the painter, with the idea of enlightenment. On her abdomen, an embracing couple symbolizes the fertility of love. In the background are the two cities of Vitebsk and Paris. 37 34, 35 Woman with in, m(i)i represented refuge it: ith Blue Face, 1932-60. Winter, 1966. For Chagall, the figure of a and light on a winternight. music, as in these two later works.

In the central ring world an angel appears, impelled by the hand work of the cloivn, the equestrienne, the Circus, 1968. in which the painter pays a metaphor for the of God, to bless the — — musician, and the painter' himself, who, as carriers of the magic of representation, act as intermediaries between the earthly and celestial spheres. 33 The Ceiling of the Paris Opera, 1964. An exaltation oj music, and the city of Paris, this is probably Chagall's mast famous work. At seventy-seven, ChagaU accepted the commission of Andre Malraux ami President De Gaulle la paint a surface of tiro hundred tireiili/ square meters in oil on Sizing elolli.

Winter, 1966. For Chagall, the figure of a and light on a winternight. music, as in these two later works. Women are often associated 39 40 36, 37 Roses and Mimosas, 7956'. Gladiolas, 1955-56. Flowers appear often in Chagall's compositions, always associated with love, and in these two images, irith maternal love. Chagall was a great painter offlowers, on a par with other modern masters of this genre, such as Odilon Redon, Auguste Renoir, and Emit Nolde. 41 38, 39 Couple on a Red Background, 1983.

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