The Comité Marc Chagall has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
I kiss her.
A still life magically takes shape in my mind.
She poses for me.
Reclining, a rounded white nude takes shape.
I approach her timidly. I confess it was the first time I had seen a nude.
Although she was practically my fiancée I was still afraid of approaching her, of going any nearer, of touching all that loveliness.
As if a feast were spread before your eyes.'
M. Chagall, painting Bella nude at Javitch's, quoted in: My Life, London, 1965, p. 79.