My Life with Chagall: Seven Years of Plenty with the Master as Told by the Woman Who Shared Them

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Dust jacket notes: "Marc Chagall, who died in the spring of 1985 at the age of ninety-seven, is considered one of the giants of modern art. My Life with Chagall is the intimate, untold story of Virginia Haggard's seven years - between 1945 and 1952 - during which she was his companion and lover. This important work fills a gap that, until now, has had Chagall presumably companionless during the seven years after the death of his wife. In this rare, insightful portrait of a great artist and remarkable man, we learn for the first time of Chagall's little-known years in America, in New York City and, later, painting in a wooden cottage in the Catskills. Here, too, is Chagall at work in his studio, with fascinating insights into how he perceived the artistic process ('Art is a deluge, but a controlled deluge.'), Chagall's symbiotic relationship between his paintings ('his babies') and his loved ones, personal revelations about his family and riends, his early days in Russia, his perceptions about Israel, modern art and other great artists of the day such as Matisse, whom he admired, and Picasso, whom he criticized yet envied. Included also are previously unpublished family photographs as well as personal drawings and water colors made and signed by Chagall for the author. Here is a book that will fascinate collectors, admirers of Chagall and all those seeking to learn how a genius creates, revealed in this loving tribute to a great artist by a woman who shared seven special years of his life."

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This intimate chronicle of Marc Chagall by his companion (and mother of his son, David) is Haggard's tribute to the seven years they shared. The author, a niece of Rider Haggard, herself travelled on the fringe of art and literary circles in Europe and the United States, and she became Chagall's mistress in 1945. Through her text, the reader is able to experience some of the intimate encounters of artists with other artists; Picasso, for example, was obviously hero and adversary for Chagall. This partial biography is a good account of Chagall the man and the artist, and the author never drops celebrated names for the sake of it, nor begs for favor from the reader; she is fair and factual in telling her story. Recommended for most collections. Virginia A. Doser, Saddleback Coll., Mission Viejo, Cal.
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