Lovers among Lilacs

Marc Chagall French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 900

Born near the village of Vitebsk in present-day Belarus, Chagall moved to Paris in 1923 to escape the hardships of Soviet life following World War I and the October Revolution. Living in greater comfort in Paris, Chagall blossomed creatively, and his work from this period radiates tenderness and joy. In Lovers among Lilacs, a couple embraces, nestled in a fantastically oversized bouquet of fragrant flowers. The whimsical, romantic arrangement dominates the composition, providing the lovers with a safe haven from work and worry.

Lovers among Lilacs, Marc Chagall (French, Vitebsk 1887–1985 Saint-Paul-de-Vence), Oil on canvas

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