Marc Chagall: Sculpture, Ceramics, Etchings for the Fables of La Fontaine.
. Curt Valentin Gallery . NY ,
N6993.C4 C43 1952 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This pamphlet-catalogue begins with Anecdote and Fantasy by Chagall. After a section on Chagall's ceramics, there are three pages on The Fables of La Fontaine, including five black-and-white photographs and Marianne Moore's translation of FC. Gaston Bachelard inverts the common dictum about La Fontaine-he tells what he has seen-into his dictum for Chagall: He sees what people tell him or, better, what one was about to tell him. For Bachelard, Chagall surprises the dominant moment of the story. Chagall catches the cobbler Grégoire in his final supergaiety, brought by deliverance.