Oil on canvas
168 x 88 cm
Musée national d’art moderne - Centre de Création Industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou, entrusted to the Musée national Marc Chagall
In the last painting, called Liberation, the artist evokes the peace and quiet of life in Vitebsk, his home town, and the joys of marriage through the image of the family home, a couple on a roof, a juggler and musicians who were a constant feature of traditional Jewish festivals – everything that made a Yiddish civilisation so appealing which we know, when Chagall finished his painting, disappeared with the War, and which the artist wanted to bring back to life in his work. All of the figures seem to float around a radiant circle whose red centre beats like a heart and the painter, drawn at his easel, resumes his place as creator.