MARC CHAGALL, Le loup devenu berger


“One of my most tenacious ambitions as a publisher had been to publish La Fontaine’s Fables with dignity. I asked the Russian painter Marc Chagall to illustrate the book. We did not understand this choice of a Russian painter to interpret the most French of our poets. But it was precisely because of the oriental sources of the fabulist that I had thought of an artist whose origins and culture made this prestigious Orient familiar. My hopes were not disappointed: Chagall made a hundred dazzling gouaches.”