The Angel and the Tree of Life
matted image: 46 3/4 x 29 in.
tempera, gouache, black pencil and pen and ink on paper
DescriptionMarc Chagall was a Russian-French modernist artist, known for his synthesis of surrealism and symbolism. This work is a preparatory gouache for the stained glass windows of the Mainz Cathedral in Germany. Although Jewish, Chagall believed the work for the cathedral represented a chance for peace and borrows from the Old and New Testaments. This work combines the distinctive style of Chagall and the unique design properties of stained glass windows. Chagall visualized a panorama of blue with lead lacing for the windows which is evident in this drawing.