Verve 24

Artist’s Name
«Dedicated to an artist»
Marc Chagall
1950, Paris
The 24th volume of the Verve, dedicated to Marc Chagall, contains:
  • Stories by Boccacius, illustrated with 26 big sketches using black ink , that Marc Chagall especially made, to accompany 26 colored micrographs with gold of a manuscript guarded in the library of Arsenal.
  • Text by Jacques Prévert.

These twenty six Flemish-style miniatures are part of one hundred total miniatures which make up the tales in Decameron (1348-1358), the best known work of Italian author, poet and humanist Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375). Boccaccio’s Decameron is a collection of 100 stories narrated by ten young men and women to each other in order to pass the time in a villa outside of Florence, where they stayed for ten days fleeing from the plague-ridden city. The book acquired great fame and influenced many subsequent generations of writers.

In this issue, each miniature is accompanied by an ink drawing of Marc Chagall. The originals of the miniatures are now at the Library of the Arsenal, in Paris.