Bridges over the Seine, 1954 by Marc Chagall
As mentioned by Marc Chagall: "God, perspective, colour, the Bible, shapes and lines, traditions, and all that is called human life - love, security, the family, school, education, the words of the prophets and life in Christ - all of it was out of joint. Maybe I too was occasionally filled with doubts. At such times I painted a topsyturvy world, took the heads off my figures, divided them up into pieces, and set them floating about in my pictures somewhere or other."
The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and Notre-Dame show the city to be Paris, the city where Chagall had his atelier before the war at a time when it was still what it was no longer to be in the aftermath: a great art metropolis. Like many fellow artists, Chagall had turned his back on Paris, and the Cite d'Azur had become a little Montpamasse. It was an apt setting for Chagall, and he was not to leave the region; indeed, in 1967 he built a house large enough for his requirements at Saint-Paul-de-Vence. It contained three studios, one for graphic work, one for drawing, and a third for painting and large-scale designs.