An unusual picture in the nude genre, full of characters and signs arising at the level of the unconscious, “To my wife” is dedicated to Bella Rosenfeld. By the time the painting is over, they have been married for almost 30 years, but Bella is still the same beloved woman, muse, manager and guardian angel.
The spectator is accustomed to see his wife Chagall – usually they fly with the master himself above the ground, but this work is solved in a completely different style. The painter decided to portray his beloved nude, while filling the canvas with his own pictorial quotes, albeit in an unreliable version.
Almost in the center of the picture is Chagall himself, embracing Bella the bride, and this gives a reference to the painting “The Wedding”, and there is a red angel with a violin, a frequent hero of the master’s work, and a blue goat, also recognizable. In addition, the picture bears a clear Jewish character, it is enough to look at the minor at the top of the canvas. Some critics tend to compare this work with a biblical story related to the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve. One way or another, one thing remains undeniable: the work presented is another ode to a beloved woman, who after 10 years is destined to leave her master and this light.