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Never before seen in the United States, Marc Chagall's illustrations bring the best-known fables of La Fontaine to life in a new way. Chagall's voluminous range of color and imaginative execution illuminate this beautiful gift edition that includes over forty stunning full-color illustrations from what many consider his greatest period. The vibrant gouache reproductions are paired with a wonderful verse translation preserving the charm and spirit of La Fontaine's legendary text. With several essays by leading art...
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Fables of La Fontaine

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Overview

Never before seen in the United States, Marc Chagall's illustrations bring the best-known fables of La Fontaine to life in a new way. Chagall's voluminous range of color and imaginative execution illuminate this beautiful gift edition that includes over forty stunning full-color illustrations from what many consider his greatest period. The vibrant gouache reproductions are paired with a wonderful verse translation preserving the charm and spirit of La Fontaine's legendary text. With several essays by leading art critics setting the illustrations in historical context, this volume is perfect for both the aficionado and those being introduced to Chagall and the fables for the first time.
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Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
In the late 1920s, Marc Chagall was commissioned to illustrate the fables of the French poet Jean de La Fontaine. Fortunately, almost 70 years later, the results of that incomparable pairing are made available to the English-speaking public in book form. Marc Chagall's Fables of La Fontaine includes 43 fables, many of them familiar ("The Fox and the Grapes," "The Horse and the Ass") since La Fontaine often put his own witty spin on Aesop's work. The exuberance and rich color of Chagall's gouaches are echoed in the typography and layout. Words (some in color) dance, spin, and leap across the page rather than marching in the usual left-to-right, precise black lines.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940019899968
  • Publisher: Boston Sanborn, Carter & Bazin
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1856 volume
  • File size: 503 KB

Table of Contents

The fables project
La Fontaine : from animal allegory to tragic vision
The grasshopper and the ant 2
The frog and the ox 4
The beggar's bag 6
The man and his image 8
The dragon with many heads and the dragon with many tails 10
Death and the woodcutter 12
The man between two ages and his two mistresses 14
The child and the schoolmaster 16
A council convened by the rats 18
The wolf brings the fox to trial before the monkey 20
The two bulls and a frog 22
The bird wounded by an arrow 24
Sponge donkey, salt donkey 26
The dove and the ant 28
The hare and the frogs 30
The crow who wanted to imitate the eagle 32
The cat transformed into a woman 34
The limbs and the stomach 36
The swan and the cook 38
The wolves and the ewes 40
The drowned woman 42
The donkey and the little dog 44
The man and the wooden idol 46
The camel and the floating sticks 48
The frog and the rat 50
The horse who wanted to take revenge on the stag 52
The clay pot and the iron pot 54
The ears of the hare 56
The old woman and the two servant girls 58
The mountain giving birth 60
The hare and the tortoise 62
The hound who left his prey for a shadow 64
The charlatan 66
The animals sick from the plague 68
The poorly married man 71
The rat who retired from the world 74
The milkmaid and the pot of milk 76
The cat, the weasel and the little rabbit 78
Death and the dying man 81
The man and the flea 84
Women and the secret 86
The pig, the goat and the sheep 88
The horoscope 90
The pasha and the merchant 93
The advantage of knowledge 96
The wolf and the hunter 98
The monkey and the leopard 101
The sculptor and the statue of Jupiter 104
The oyster and the litigants 106
The wolf and the skinny dog 108
The candle 110
The monkey and the cat 112
The shepherd and his flock 114
The fish and the cormorant 116
The digger and his godfather 118
The fish and the shepherd who played the flute 120
The farmer, the dog and the fox 122
The dream of an inhabitant of Mogol 125
Epilogue 128
The cat and the two sparrows 130
The two goats 132
The fox, the wolf and the horse 134
The elephant and Jupiter's monkey 136
Philemon and Baucis 138
The matron of Ephesus 143
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