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Snow, Winter in Vitebsk
Marc Chagall
1911

From the Met: 

Chagall painted “Snow, Winter in Vitebsk,” about 1911, while he was living in Paris. His memories of Russia fueled his imagination, and thus the series of gouaches he painted during those years are referred to as “Russian recollections.” These include several nocturnal views of the suburbs of Vitebsk. “Snow”—the word is twice inscribed in Cyrillic in the center foreground—is larger than most of the other gouaches in the series. A string of colorful timber houses with high pitched roofs separates the night sky from the snowy plain in which adults pull children on sleds. The cupolas of one of Vitebsk’s numerous churches rise at the far right. The luminous colors and naive accents of this image—from the decorated window shutters to the droll, rotund couple evocative of wooden dolls—are elements borrowed from Russian folk art. The figure in the center of the composition, however, seems of a different mettle. Wearing boots, baggy pants, and a patterned blouse, he has about him all the elegance of a dancer from Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, then captivating Paris.” 
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