Bouquets of flowers appear in Chagall’s life from his meeting with his future wife Bella around 1909. “The first flower was Bella who brought it to me …”.
The painter represents them in his work as he discovers them, often already assembled and arranged in a vase. These are not wild flowers in their natural context, they were picked and brought to the home and workshop. He admired them, soaked them before representing them in painting as if to give body to his imagination and his inner universe.
Just like the angel, the acrobat or the self-portrait, the bouquet of flowers becomes in Chagall’s painting the expression of an iconographic element which also lifts us towards a spiritual sphere, symbolizing, among other things, the offering . By the presence of flowers, there is immediately an eternal quest for the ideal that leads us to a colorful world of excellence and beauty whose appearance continues to raise our questions.