|Marc Chagall. The birthday. 1915. (80.5 x 99.5 cm)|
|The Birthday after Marc Chagall. 2012. 30.5 x 40.6 cm.|
In the end, I had to reduce these details to a more impressionistic treatment, since I absolutely hated the idea of replicating them on a smaller scale; it's not exactly what I wanted to learn from Chagall. Another core difference between my study and Chagall's original is in the treatment of white: I didn't use the white of the support so heavily, and my whites are considerably more colorful, impressionistic as it were – so, to some extent, I lose Chagall's play on the contrast between black vs. white, on the one hand, and primary colors, on the other.
But, after all, Chagall himself insists that "how" is unimportant and negligible in comparison to "what", and I hope to have captured, to some extent, the mood and spirit of "The Birthday": the birthday of the artist's young bride, in a small room with some attempts at decoration, in the middle of the First World War, which threatens to ruin all the little comforts they have. Except their love...