TALKING TO A PICTURE

La Mariée (“The Bride”) is a 1950 painting by artist Marc Chagall
AN IMAGINARY INTERVIEW WITH THE MODEL:

I am Virginia Haggard and I was once the housekeeper of Marc Chagall. He painted me often, but I am particularly fond of this painting, we were almost happy together when he made it.

The red dress was not my own, I had none suitable, being so poor. It’s a heavy brocade, rust brown; but he decided to paint it red, I have no idea why. Marc took it from Bella’s open trunk, untouched since she died; a shrine. Of all the women, he loved Bella best, she was his wife, his cold queen. He painted me as a bride, all the while taunting me: I will never marry you. I was always the housekeeper, you know; all the while we were lovers and after our son David was born, I was always made to walk slightly behind Marc.

He painted love but he didn’t practice it, I said it then, everyone quoted me widely; I’ll say it again.

I stole the dress when I left him.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Tandy says:

    I love his stained glass windows!

  2. Tweeling says:

    Wow what touching sad words….and how often can we see that in our own lives…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Too true Tweeling, too true.
      Thanks for the visit.

  3. EverMe says:

    Ah this is brilliant, I love your idea Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s not actually my idea Kimme, it’s an old Paint a World With Words challenge 🙂

  4. Smander says:

    I love the comment, ‘we were almost happy’- very evocative. Can you explain the idea to me? Do you respond to an image? Or pretend you’re the person in it?

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    How sad – for her, for him and for his wife!

  6. Krokodil says:

    Did she really steal the dress? Hie! Hie!

  7. nrhatch says:

    Love the post.
    Love the painting.
    Love the goat holding the viola.

    Check out DeeperColors last post.
    About a Salvadore Dali style viola. : )

    http://carolyndonnell.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/salvador-dali-does-violas/

  8. New Attitude says:

    Loved the story 😉

  9. opoetoo says:

    I love the story especially the “almost happy part” .
    Maybe it is better for me to remain ignorant of artists and their ways.
    Chagall just lost a lot of cool points 🙂 .

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