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Verve : the ultimate review of art and literature (1937-1960)
Anthonioz, Michel, 1947-
Uniform Title:
Album Verve. English.
Publication Information:
New York : H.N. Abrams, 1988.
Physical Description:
397 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 36 cm
General Note:
Translation of: L'Album Verve.

Includes index.
Title Subject:
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Added Uniform Title:
Verve (Paris, France)
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Gathers graphic works by Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Braque, Leger, Bonnard, and Ronault, and writings by Joyce, Hemingway, and Camus from Verve magazine.

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

An irresistible cornucopia of images, this oversized album reproduces excerpts from all 38 issues of what one of its backers called ``the most beautiful magazine on earth.'' Verve was launched in 1937 by a Greek ex-law student in Paris, Teriade (whose real name was Efstratios Eleftheriades). Anthonioz, a director of the National Audiovisual Institute of Paris, examines Teriade's pre- Verve collaboration with art publisher Albert Skira, then follows the financially troubled magazine's history through its demise in 1960. Teriade reveled in theme issues: the human figure, war, the Orient, Chagall's illustrated Bible. In so doing, he forced modernism and classical equilibrium into dynamic collisions. Alongside art by Braque, Picasso, Bonnard, Matisse, Kandinsky, Miro, Giacometti, Leger and Masson, we find medieval manuscript illuminations, old Japanese photos, essays by Gide, Camus, Malraux, Henri Michaux, James Joyce, Pierre Reverdy. So much brilliance dazzles. (October) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Dazzling to the eye, the quarterly journal Verve brilliantly documented Modern Art as a lively event in France from 1937 to 1960. Editor Teriade supported the likes of Matisse, Picasso, and Chagall by publishing their work in a journal as sophisticated as America's Esquire and interlarding the art with writings by Camus, Joyce, and the painters themselves. This retrospective volume re-illuminates this bright spot in the history of art publishing, offering hundreds of reproductions of the visual works and generous excerpts from the essays, along with well-conceived commentary by the author, who prepared the catalog accompanying the 1973 Grand Palais exhibit, ``Hommage a Teriade.'' Brilliant color reproduction but badly weak binding. Francisca Goldsmith, Golden Gate Univ. Lib., San Francisco (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

In this scintillating book with its cornucopia of color illustrations, Anthonioz acknowledges the art world's debt to the periodical Verve published by Teriade from 1937 to 1960, and encompasses the themes and chronology of the periodical's extremely high standards in the arts of painting, sculpture, literature, poetry, art history, and photography. Verve, called "the most beautiful magazine on earth," claimed to be "devoted to the artistic creation in all fields and in all forms." The list of contributing artists and literary figures speaks for itself: Chagall, Picasso, Klee, Braque, Miro, Bonnard, Rouault, Brassai, Leger, Giacometti, as well as Gide, Valery, Reverdy, Joyce, Claudel, Malraux, Shapiro, Bachelard, Huyghe, and Camus. The large-format magazine reproduced images in a variety of sizes in lithography and photogravure media. Teriade promoted quality in a content that dealt mainly with contemporary arts and ideas, juxtaposed with the art and photography from the Orient and arts of distant past. The book under review is a luminous and dazzling tribute to Verve, as well as the summary of the periodical issues published by the Greek enthusiast, writer, interviewer, patron, and critic. Teriade successfully orchestrated a variety of visual and literary arts into an organic whole for a most sumptuous magazine. Recommended for college and university libraries. -I. Spalatin, East Texas State University