A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 30, 1965

THE first time that Marc Chagall "sat" for this week's cover story was at lunch with a group of editors in a dining room on the 47th floor of the TIME and LIFE Building. The artist was enchanted with the view of Manhattan, particularly the bright mosaics of neatly parked automobiles on the roofs below. "Très Chagall," he said, and wished he could paint them right then and there. Instead he ultimately agreed to do a self-portrait for the cover.

Returning to France, Chagall soon learned that being interviewed for the story was no one-sitting affair. Paris Correspondent Jonathan Randal's first session...

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