WITH SEVEN ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS, SIGNED BY CHAGALL
(CHAGALL, Marc). Derriere le Miroir, Nos. 99-100, Juillet-Août 1957. Paris: Aimé Maeght, 1957. Large slim folio (11 by 15 inches), contents loose as issued in original lithographic wrappers, original glassine. $3500.
First edition of this lavish production, with seven original Chagall lithographs, four of which are in color and two of which are double-page, boldly signed by Chagall on the first page of text. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and friend of Chagall.
Each issue of Maeght's Derrière le Miroir was a lavish exhibition catalogue, illustrated with original lithographs. Aimé and Marguerite Maeght delighted in featuring the work of contemporary artists and employing the best printing-houses in Paris, especially Mourlot, who printed the engravings for this issue. "When the shores of our time have receded too far for anyone to remember, there may well be young people who will find in Derrière le Miroir the chart of several decades— but along the border where art and poetry meet" (François Chapon). All the major 20th-century artists have been represented in the Derrière le Miroir, including Léger, Miro, Braque, Matisse, Giacometti, Calder, and, of course, Chagall. Text in French. Cramer 33. From the collection of Joseph Liverant, a fellow Russian Jewish emigré and good 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.