The way in which elements of the sky are fragmented into sharp angled shapes will remind some of the work of German painter Franz Marc, and the piece is entirely contemporary in appearance, which was very much the trademark of Chagall too. We find a overhanging tree that leans over the entrance, whilst the perspective of the surrounding fence plus other elements is deliberately skewed in a way that differs from reality. This alteration of perspective fundamentals was also found commonly within the work of Cubists, such as Braque and Gris. Despite the content, the palette and style is fairly upbeat, but one is left wondering why the artist chose such a location for this painting, as Chagall frequently placed clear messages within his paintings.
It was at around the time of this painting that Chagall was actually feeling more positive about the position and treatment of Jewish people within society. They were to receive a greater set of rights within Russia and this painting actually represents an upbeat reflection on the past and future, despite the content included within it. It is perhaps the death of the previous regime which he is celebrating here, and uses a contemporary, Cubist-inspired style to look forward to a brighter future both for his Jewish community but also Russians more generally.
The painting can be found in the collection of the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme in Paris, France. They specialise in a wide variety of Jewish related art and antiquities, making it more of a historical museum than an art gallery. In terms of other related artists, they also feature a number of works from Amedeo Modigliani, as well as some stunning historical items from different nations around Europe and beyond. The institution continues to promote the achievements of this community and also to help educate others about its success stories and help promote inclusion and friendship rather than division which was common throughout the 20th century. The museum is placed centrally within the city and makes an excellent way to spend a few hours, perhaps a whole day in browsing a stunning selection of historical items.