Verve No. 4 - An Artistic and Literary Quarterly by Multiple Artists

Verve No. 4 - An Artistic and Literary Quarterly by Multiple Artists

Verve No. 4 - An Artistic and Literary Quarterly

Multiple Artists

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Verve No. 4 - An Artistic and Literary Quarterly

1938 /'39 
lithography, heliogravure, typeset text 
Image Size
images: various; magazine: 13 x 9-1/2 x 1/2" 
not applicable 
Edition Size
typeset text throughout 
Anthonioz 88 - 103, illustrated in index 
Efstratios Teriade, 4 rue Ferou, Paris 
Inventory ID

Verve's January-March 1939 cover (listed as November 1938 in the catalogue) was designed by Georges Braque. The content features Henri's Matisse's color lithograph "La Danse" (two-page spread) and linocut "Patineurs", and Andre Derain's set of four lithographs titled Au Jardin D'Allah, all printed by Mourlot.

Heliogravures include reproductions of works by Miro, Masson, Rouault, Lautrec, Rembrandt, and others, as well as works from the 15th and 16th centuries with gold ink detailing. Photography includes works by Brassai, Barna, Maywald, Devaux-Bretienbach, and others. Text includes works by Valery, Reverdy, Sartres, and others. This copy is accompanied by its original issuing box, coated in silver foil (see images).

Excerpted from the website for DTMAGAZINE ["Magazine of the Week: Paris and the Art World of the Late 1930s in Verve magazine", Rick Gagliano, 10/12/06]. "When it comes to quality in the magazine process, possibly no other magazine can match the work of publisher Efstratios Teriade (born in Greece as Efstratios Eleftheriades) and his seminal publication, 'Verve' -- once called 'the most beautiful magazine in the world' by one of its backers - which first burst onto the streets of Paris in December of 1937 . . . .

Teriade, an ex-law student with more zeal for the art world and publishing than the law worked variously with fellow countryman Christian Zervos on Cahiers d'Art (1926-31), as art critic for the newspaper L'Intransigeant (1928-33), artistic director of Minotaure (1933-36) and co-founder (1935-36) of La Bete Noire before founding Verve with the financial assistance of David Smart, publisher of Esquire and Apparel Arts. . . .

The magazine, a quarterly review of arts and letters, was lavish in design and challenging in content. Teriade's view of the world of art and literature was personal, bold and compelling. The 38 issues that proceeded through Europe's war-torn years and ended abruptly in 1960 were a promenade of covers and interior art by Chagall, Bonard, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, and other distinctive artists of the Paris School.

Photographs by Man Ray, Dora Maar, Matthew Brady, Brassai, Cartier-Bresson, Blumenfeld graced many pages and accompanied articles and prose by luminaries of none less identity than John Dos Passos, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Andre Malraux, Jean-Paul Sartre, Andre Gide, Albert Camus and others of note, often the presented artists themselves."


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