Author: Adrien Maeght
Year of publication: 2020
22 x 14 cm
The adventure of the Maeght family is a 20th century saga that spans both World Wars and the political, artistic and intellectual revolutions from Moscow to Berlin and from Paris to New York.
Aimé Maeght was the son of a rail worker from northern France, killed in the early days of the first World War, and Marguerite was the daughter of a grocery store owner from Cannes and yet the couple became friends with and art-dealers for the greatest artists of their time: Bonnard, Matisse, Braque, Joan Miró, Giacometti, Léger, Chagall, Calder… Starting from almost nothing, they built the largest modern art gallery in the world and then the first Foundation in France at Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
Adrien Maeght, their son, grew up in this exceptional family and is a unique witness to their story. As a publisher and art printer, he shared the joys, hopes and torments of these artists. Here, for the first time, he tells their story.
He reveals the intimate lives of the painters, the improbable encounter with Pierre Bonnard in 1940 and the affaire of the forged testament; sittings with Henri Matisse filmed under the watchful eye of beautiful Lydia; the tumultuous exposition of the surrealists and the Saint-Augustus holy water scandal; Georges Braque’s artist’s studio and his turbulent relationship with Picasso; behind the scenes of the creation of the Fondation of Saint-Paul-de-Vence; the influence of the Russian women: Nina Kandinsky, Nadia Léger, Vava Chagall…
Love, jealousy, friendship, artistic rivalry, money, inheritance battles.. In this book, no stone is left unturned.