To find an explanation for the fact that in many of Chagall’s works his heroes hover, hanging in the air, no critic sought. This became a peculiar mark of style, a distinctive feature of the painter. The painting “Birthday” also shows us two flying people who are undoubtedly in love with each other.
In the close space of the room, young people seem to lack space – they rise above reality, so that the room seems even smaller. The most significant element in the work is the figure of a man, unnaturally curved, stretching to the lips of his beloved. The bizarre manner of writing, some ridiculous and at the same time extraordinarily harmonious style, makes you look carefully at the details of the picture and find every second something noticeable – an unusual rug over the bed in bizarre patterns, a white wall fringed with blackouts, an iridescent girl’s dress, ending with a sharp a geometric collar, a bright red floor, a modest setting in which geometric figures are hidden, and much more.
The painting was written in 1915, the happy period when beloved Bella became Chagall’s wife. No doubt, in this work he portrayed himself and his beloved – their happiness forces them to break away from the earth.