Marc Chagall – The Rooster

Marc Chagall – The Rooster

Marc Chagall’s magical paintings evoke dreams and other worldy love. So, it’s no surprise they’re often misinterpreted. Love serves as the ultimate mystery of human life. Chagall’s paintings show a childlike point of view. This reminds viewers, love brings out the kid in us. Like this one, my personal fav by Marc Chagall, The Rooster. At first glance, it could portray a carousel carnival ride. Love sometimes feels like that, with strange pairings going up and down in circles.


Oil on Canvas 1929
Marc Chagall – The Rooster


Marc Chagall, The Rooster reminds us that love comes in many forms. It’s easy to conclude that the work’s three pairs of lovers signify the different types of love. One could read the centerpiece rooster as hot-to-trot flamboyance. Or the viewer could zoom in on the cuddling couple in the boat and project all sorts of salacious stories on them. There’s also the tiny pair peeking out from behind the lady’s foot. Our feet are such a familiar and intimate part of us. Perhaps these two perched upon one signify familial love.


Not Just a Cock


In fact, many art historians believe the rooster and lady are a sexual union of sorts. But this couple actually shows us the ultimate supportive relationship. Even if she mounts the cock in a meaningful manner, it’s not only about mere sex. The Rooster carries his lady while she gives him a luscious embrace. It’s a warm portrait of enduring love. The smile on her face is pure happiness, not just sexual ecstasy. This lasts longer than date night and satisfies on a deeper level. It’s real love. Sex plays a role in such relationships. However, it’s not even close to the whole story in the most significant ones.



Marc Chagall – Factoids


  • Marc Chagall was born on July 7, 1887, in Vitebsk, Russia.
  • His painting La Mariée, French for The Bride, played a pivotal role in the movie Notting Hill.
  • Chagall studied painting at an elite art school in Russia.
  • But it was Paris that inspired his best work.
  • That’s where he fell in love with Fauvism and Cubism.
  • Marc Chagall’s work provides a perfect example of Expressionism.
  • His work conveys emotion with moving and surprising technique.