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[Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985)]. Henri BERLEWI... - Lot 7 - Ader
[Marc CHAGALL (1887-1985)]. Henri BERLEWI (1894-1967). Autograph manuscript, Dialogue with Chagall, ; 14 pages in-4, with erasures, corrections and additions. The first 8 leaves are occupied by "Questions asked by Berlewi", and the 6 others by Chagall's answers to some of them, in particular on his beginnings, colour, Picasso and Matisse. "I come from the blood of the people. Continued by my parents. It is to them that I am indebted for what I am. My talent was passed down to me by my mother. The origin of my painting? It is in the entourage of my relatives, of my little mother so sweet, so devoted, of my father working in the sweat of his brow, lifting heavy barrels of pickled herring [...]. Within me was the enchantment of the colour that I wanted to make sing outside the structure. I felt brothers in France. The colour slept in me and France woke it up. [...] In Picasso, there is no love. Everything is cerebral. For 25 years we've been witnessing a cult of spontaneity. Picasso and Matisse have revealed themselves as high priests of spontaneity. They are afraid and ashamed to finish a painting [...] This fashion has demoralized many painters. One can say that the vast majority are victims of this excessive cult of the unfinished"... It evokes the "divine breath" that inspired Georges de la Tour and Vermeer. "Current painters are incapable of this continuation in the ideas in the realization of their works. It is easier to throw a few rough black lines on a white background and leave them intact and undamaged by the finish and thus quickly obtain the patent of genius, than to embark on a hard and thankless work requiring immense efforts to develop pictorially to the last consequence this first spontaneous draft "...
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