Picks and Pans Review: Chagall by Chagall

updated 05/12/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/12/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

edited by Charles Sorlier

Born in czarist Russia in 1887, Marc Chagall went to France to study in 1910 and has been one of the art world's major figures ever since. At 92, he is still vigorous enough to have written the introduction to this uncritical but fascinating collection. It includes excerpts from his memoirs and poetry plus nearly 250 of his works, 76 in color. His prose is almost as graceful as his brush strokes, and Sorlier, a longtime Chagall chronicler, uses it profitably not to explain the art but to complement it. "If someone sees in my art only the search for pleasure," Chagall wrote, "he's free to do so...I prefer to keep silent and let people think what they like." (Abrams, $50)

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