Publisher USA Frederick A. Praeger Publishers 1966
Illustrator Marc Chagall
Seller ID 025565
90pgs. Burgundy cloth with scene on front panel. Embossed black lettering on the spine. Original Lithograph frontispiece present. as well as six lithographs. Drawings throughout. Thin horizontal streak across the lower front panel, light toning to the endpapers, otherwise fine. The lithographs are in excellent condition. "Final Study" foldout in rear pocket. Unclipped pictorial jacket has minor closed tear, light toning at extremities of the rear panel. In a clear acetate sleeve with author and title in white lettering.. André Malraux, France's Minister of Culture wanted something unique for the Ceiling of the Paris Opera and decided Chagall would be the ideal artist. The images Chagall painted on the canvas paid tribute to the composers Mozart, Wagner, Mussorgsky, Berlioz and Ravel, as well as to famous actors and dancers. After the new ceiling was unveiled, "even the bitterest opponents of the commission seemed to fall silent". This book exemplifies the wonderful color and imagery that Chagall can offer.