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Lavish covers and literati contributors: the lasting mystique of a 1930s Parisian periodical.

In 1933, a Swiss publisher by the name of Albert Skira moved to Paris looking to launch an avantgarde periodical. The French capital had just roared through a robustly creative decade (coined les années folles, or the crazy years) and emerged as the epicenter of Europe’s new artistic scene. Skira, who had already commissioned the talents of Matisse, Picasso and others for his lavish poetry books, now wanted to publish a magazine that championed these contemporary attitudes to a select

  • Words:
    Pip Usher
  • Photography:
    Courtesy of the Menil Collection Library, Special Collections

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  • Words:
    Pip Usher
  • Photography:
    Courtesy of the Menil Collection Library, Special Collections
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