VOLUME ONE, NUMBER FOUR OF VERVE, 1938, WITH ORIGINAL WRAPPERS BY ROUAULT AND FULL-PAGE COLOR LITHOGRAPHS BY MATISSE AND DERAIN
TÉRIADE, Efstratios (ELEFTHERIADES, Efstratios). Verve. Volume 1, Number 4 (November 1938). Paris: (Imprimerie des Beaux-Arts, 1938). Slim folio, original illustrated wrappers by Rouault, original glassine.
First edition of this exceptional issue of Verve, with cover art by Georges Rouault, seven original lithographs (three by Matisse and four by Derain), and articles by Lorca, Valéry and Sartre.
“Fifty years ago in Paris, the magazine to look for was Verve, which first came out in December 1937 and kept going in one form or another till 1960. That first cover (by Henri Matisse) sang out from the other side of the street in a way that made us run across the road to look at it more closely. And when we turned its pages, Verve had a bosomy, full-fleshed, slightly slithery quality that this former subscriber would know in his sleep” (John Russell). Art critic Efstratios Eleftheriades, under the nom de plume “Tériade,” founded 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” (Rick Gagliano). Once called “the most beautiful magazine in the world,” Verve contained original lithographs by the most famous artists of the day— Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Miró, Chagall— with numerous lithographs appearing for the first time. This issue contains, apart from Georges Rouault’s cover, seven original lithographs, three by Matisse (including “La Danse”) and four by Derain. Text in French. From the library of collector and publisher Daniel Berley.