Adrien Maeght's book "Dans la lumière des peintres" - JC Lattès
The adventure of the Maeght is a saga that crosses the twentieth century, its two wars, its political, intellectual and artistic revolutions, from Moscow to Berlin, from Paris to New York. Aimé and Marguerite Maeght, the son of a railwayman from the North who was killed during the first battles of the summer of 1914 and the daughter of a line of Cannes grocers, became the friends and merchants of the greatest artists: Bonnard, Matisse, Braque, Miro, Giacometti, Léger, Chagall, Calder ... Starting from almost nothing, they built the most important modern art gallery in the world and then the first Foundation in France, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. This unique story, Adrien Maeght, their son, lived it as close as possible from his earliest childhood. Editor, art printer, he shared the existence, the joys, the hopes and the pangs of these artists. This story he tells for the first time. His story reveals the intimacy of painters: the unlikely meeting in 1940 with Pierre Bonnard and the case of the false testament; the pose sessions at Henri Matisse filmed under the supervision of the beautiful Lydia; the crazy exhibition of the surrealists and the case of the holy water of St. Augustine; working sessions in Georges Braque's studio in Paris, his speed races to Varengeville, his walks in the Normandy countryside in search of inspiration, his stormy relations with Picasso; behind the scenes of the creation of the Foundation of Saint-Paul-de-Vence with Miró, Chagall, Giacometti and Sert; the influence of Russian women, Nina Kandinsky, Nadia Léger, Vava Chagall ... Love, jealousies, friendships, artistic rivalries, money, conflicts of succession ... In this book, nothing is left in the shadows.
Available at the Maeght Foundation bookshop https://www.fondation-maeght.com/en/fondation-maeght/the-book-shop