Marc Chagall, Song of Songs, 1974. Oil on canvas, private collection.
Chagall returned again and again to the Song of Songs. This painting was done 20 years after his biblical cycle paintings of the 1950s.
Chagall’s mystic, metaphorical paintings are often thought to illustrate an early life rooted in the ecstatic Hasidic tradition. His imagery of a couple standing on a chicken and a woman holding the Torah on horseback speaks to an inner world where animals and people are both connected in God’s plan.