Watches by Marc Chagall - one of the most mysterious and eye-catching works of the master. The canvas causes a slight sadness, anxiety and a feeling of lost time.
Almost the entire space of the picture is occupied by the image of a massive wooden clock. The watch has a brown tint, characteristic of a wooden texture. Black and brown strokes alternate with yellow patches, originating from the bright yellow background of the room. This color scheme gives the canvas anxiety and a sense of confined space. The ticking clock symbolizes time as a huge construction, not subject to desire, hope and other human feelings.
The massive structure is emphasized by an unnaturally small window in the lower left part of the picture. Black and blue symbols behind the glass create a contrast to yellow. Above a small, slightly curved window, yellow curtains with a small ornament can be seen. It seems that all the elements of this room are made in a single color scheme in order to depict the isolation, uniformity and emptiness of space.
Near the window you can see the same understated dark figure of a man looking thoughtfully into the distance. This image is most worrying: what is this person thinking about? It seems that he feels incredible longing, sadness, emptiness. He was left alone with a huge ticking clock, reminiscent of the inexorable passage of time, of the moments that were left behind. A simple person seems to be a small, insignificant element against the backdrop of a whole element that absorbs everything that exists, sweeping the sands of time with everything that was expensive.
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