Autograph letter and autograph manuscript addressed to Jacques GUENNE.
S.l.n.d. circa 1927], 16 pages on 4 double folios in-8 and 1 page in-12 in ink on paper (Some stains, tiny marginal tears, 2 small holes on the first folio).
The letter and the 16-page manuscript are addressed to Jacques Guenne, director of the Art vivant, around 1927.
A moving autobiography in which Chagall recalls his childhood in the Tsarist Empire and his early years of artistic training: "My father, with blue eyes and hands covered with calluses, worked, prayed and kept silent all his life. I too was silent. I didn't know what I was going to do... My hands were finished and I looked for a more delicate occupation, and the most important thing, which would not make me turn away from the sky and the stars [...]" [...] "In my province I have never heard the words art, the artist. But one day a comrade came to see me and, seeing my drawings, exclaimed: "But you are a true artist". What's an artist? I asked."
He also recalls his arrival in Paris in 1910 and his reaction to the works of the major artists of the second half of the 19th century: "At the Louvre I was afraid of Delacroix, Courbet, Manet and soon my studio was full of paintings." He describes the evolution of his style, of his aesthetic ideas: "Everything around me, from the impressionists to the cubists, seemed too realistic [...] What tempted me the most was the invisible or so-called allogic side of form and spirit, without which the external truth was not complete for me, without resorting to the fantastic".
A true manifesto of Chagall's aesthetic conceptions.