The Fables of La Fontaine

The Fables of La Fontaine

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by Jean de La Fontaine, Jean-Noel Rochut
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780863155710
Publisher:
Floris Books
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
NEW
Pages:
221
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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