Marc Chagall loved Bella Rosenfeld. In 1914 he came back from Paris to Vitebsk to woo and wed her. In 1915 they married and she became integral to his art and life.
She is woven into his art. His images of her are full of love, fantasy and romance. He frequently shows them soaring over the mundane world around them. Each time Chagall creates Bella’s likeness he shares the beauty he sees in and through her, his passion and their joy.
For the twenty-nine years that they were married she was his companion, his link to his roots, and his muse. After she died unexpectedly in 1944 it took time for him to recover his desire to paint. Then he returned to painting by creating new images of her.
Because no matter what the future held, her place in his life had to be affirmed.
Links to a couple of my favorite paintings: