SIGNED BY MARC CHAGALL
(CHAGALL, Marc) VERDET, André and HAUERT, Roger. Les Grands Peintres. Marc Chagall. Geneva: Editions René Kister, 1956. Quarto, original French wrappers. $900.
First edition of this brief account of Chagall's life and work, signed by him on the title page. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and friend of Chagall.
Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs of Chagall at work and at home. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and close friend of Chagall. Liverant and Chagall both fled Europe in World War II, Liverant to Canada and Chagall to the United States. After the war, both acquired residences in Provence, where shared social circles, similar ages, and a mutual love of Yiddish combined to forge a lasting bond of friendship between the two.
A bit of wear to wrappers. Near-fine condition.