Chinese New Year & Marc Chagall’s Rooster

Gallery Paintings of Roosters by Chagall

Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was a preeminent modernist and created artworks throughout Russia and Europe, and eventually in the United States. Historically renowned as a maker of gallery paintings, Chagall was also a daub hand at stained glass and produced several pieces in cathedrals and a commemorative piece for the United Nations collection.

As a painter, Chagall’s shapes and color sensibility are notable but it is his poetic, sometimes yearning, always personal, subject matter that sets him apart. He combined anything from childhood dreams and broken memories with imagery from the Bible as well as Jewish lore. One symbol among many that reoccurs in his work is that of the rooster. On behalf of Chinese New Year, which for 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster, we looked into Chagall’s paintings of roosters—of which there are many! Enjoy these gallery paintings of the artist and the captioned information will tell you more about the unique symbology of this modern master.

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Some historians assert the red rooster in particular symbolizes atonement and forgiveness for Chagall, but the artist himself never made this specific claim.
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Landscape with Rooster by Marc Chagall, 1958. The rooster has often been tied to Chagall as a symbol of personal identity or animistic self, one that is powerful, robust, and vital.
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Bonjour Paris by Marc Chagall. The rooster is often used as a symbol of fertility and Chagall often paired the rooster or cockerel with embracing couples or lovers.
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The Bride and The Groom of the Eiffel Tower by Marc Chagall, 1939. This painting is a testament to love, as a wedded couple are carried on the back of a rooster amidst music, revels, and a sunny sky. Also notable is the blue base of the Eiffel Tower, a nod to the city that Chagall loved so much.
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The Rooster in Love by Marc Chagall, 1947. Chagall produced more than 10,000 artworks during his long career. Of his paintings, most are filled with symbols of both flora and fauna. The latter includes horses, fish, cows, goats, and roosters.
Gallery painting of a rooster by Marc Chagall.
The Rooster by Marc Chagall. There is a poignancy to the female figure embracing the rooster she is astride. Not necessarily a sexual clasp, though the lovers in the boat in the background indicate amorousness, there is a sadness and a sweetness to the figures in the foreground.
    The Yellow Rooster by Marc Chagall, 1948. In the end, there is no one way to interpret the rooster symbol that appears so often in Chagall's work. It is simply one of many personal symbols that continue to enchant and intrigue the viewers of his work.
The Yellow Rooster by Marc Chagall, 1948. In the end, there is no one way to interpret the rooster symbol that appears so often in Chagall’s work. It is simply one of many personal symbols that continue to enchant and intrigue the viewers of his work.

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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