Marc Chagall’s painting, “To Russia, Asses and Others,” created between 1911-1912 reflects his surrealistic dreams of a distant reality. Born in a Jewish family in Vitebsk, Russia, Chagall gained international reputation for his artwork that varied from modernist styles like Surrealism and Cubism. The artist returned to Paris with his wife Bella after their visit to Russia in 1923.
The painting is symbolic of animals and cows allegories reflecting its surreal nature. “To Russia, Asses and Others,” was housed at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris until recently auctioned by Sotheby’s on May 12th this year. This nine-foot work displays unusual colors compared to many other pieces that the artist painted. The vivid colors suggest deep emotions like sorrow and joy behind every stroke.
While the painting carries no literal meaning per se, it is suggestive of -just as much as any other piece – Chagall’s cultural identity, Jewish heritage which played heavily into his works’ themes; love for beauty; sensation towards women; all of which combined into this beautiful creation.