The tale has been fodder for artists of all ilk since it was written, woven into prose, poetry, paintings and theatre. But here, in Chagall’s inimitable style, the two mythical lovers take on a particularly romantic guise. It is what one expects - floating figures, goats and steeples, but first and foremost, it is the palette, the blue and yellow that marks almost all of his works, are here the main players. Since the illustrations are small, and almost minimal in their expression, they are in a sense a quintessence of Chagall’s painterly vision of the world... be it mythical or real. In this exhibition, organized by Sonia Del Re, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery, the lithographs are presented as a complete set, and in sequential order. Each is accompanied by text relating to the specific chapter in the fable, so in a very peculiar way, visiting this exhibition is like a visit to a virtual library, where the words appear accompanied by images. It is quite a thrill, but you have to be a lover of both the written word and the painted one, for here they truly go hand in hand.

 
Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration.
— Marc Chagall

 
Chagall: Daphnis & Chloé

Du 28 mai au 13 septembre 2015

Musée des beaux-arts du Canada
380, promenade Sussex
Ottawa
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Image
Marc Chagall
Lamon’s and Dryas’ Dream, c. 1956–1961, printed 1961
Colour lithograph on wove paper
41.8 x 31.9 cm.
Gift of Félix Quinet, Ottawa, 1986, in memory of Joseph and Marguerite Liverant. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Daphnis & Chloé, Acc. 29763.5; Mourlot 311.
© SODRAC 2015 and ADAGP 2015, Chagall
®. Photo © NGC

 

Image
Marc Chagall
The Trampled Flowers, c. 1956 1961, printed 1961
Colour lithograph on wove paper
42 x 31.9 cm
Gift of Félix Quinet, Ottawa, 1986, in memory of Joseph and Marguerite Liverant
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
© Daphnis & Chloé, Acc. 29763.37; Mourlot 342
© SODRAC 2015 and ADAGP 2015, Chagall ®
Photo © NGC