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A Colourful Tale at the National Gallery of Canada

(Marc Chagall, The Trampled Flowers, c. 1956 1961, printed 1961. Colour lithograph on wove paper, 42 x 31.9 cm. Gift of Félix Quinet, Ottawa, 1986, in memory of Joseph and Marguerite Liverant. Photo © NGC. © Sodrac 2015 and ADAGP 2015, Chagall ®)

(Marc Chagall, The Trampled Flowers, c. 1956 1961, printed 1961. Colour lithograph on wove paper, 42 x 31.9 cm. Gift of Félix Quinet, Ottawa, 1986, in memory of Joseph and Marguerite Liverant. Photo © NGC. © Sodrac 2015 and ADAGP 2015, Chagall ®)

The Greek novel Daphnis and Chloe, penned by the writer Longus sometime in the 2nd century AD, tells the story of two lovers who are separated and reunited after a series of unfortunate events. Marc Chagall’s lithographs vibrantly breathe new life into the novel, taking the viewer on a journey from idyllic countryside to adventure on the high seas to a magnificent banquet in a royal palace. They serve as an enduring reminder of his skill as a colourist and are considered among his most important work. On display at the National Gallery of Canada until Sept. 13. —Amy Allen
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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