The Comité Marc Chagall has confirmed the authenticity of this painting.
Coq et ange au-dessus de fleurs et fruits comprises Chagall's favored imagery--still life dominated by floral arrangement, the rooster in profile and angel floating overhead--set in the rich blue tonality favored by the artist during this period: "the eternal, transcendental blue reveals man's eternal longing for peace, security, eternity. It proceeds to the metaphysical realm where faith endows images with redeeming power" (R. Doschka, Marc Chagall zum 11. Geburtstag, exh. cat., Stadthalle Balingen, 1986, p. 40).
The present watercolor was executed shortly after Chagall moved to Vence, an elegant medieval town on the Côte d'Azur which had emerged as an artistic center following the Second World War. Chagall's years in southern France would prove, in his words, "a bouquet of roses" (quoted in S. Alexander, Marc Chagall, A Biography, New York, 1978, p. 492).