Tériade’s Verve: From the Duc de Berry to Matisse, Rouault and Picasso
With Rodney T Swan
Tériade’s art journal Verve was a landmark series. Verve set new standards in colour, graphic reproduction, monumentality and originality and became an instrument in the cultural battle that raged against the Germans. Using the Library’s unique collection of Verve journals, this talk will present the aesthetic genealogy of Verve and describe the role that artists like Matisse, Picasso and Rouault played in this venture.
Rodney Swan is a Doctoral Candidate at the Faculty of Art and Design, UNSW. His research focuses on the role of artist’s books as a strategic instrument of cultural resistance in Nazi occupied France. His thesis explains how this genre not only survived the Occupation but also created the preconditions for the subsequent resurgence of illustrated books in post-War France. Rodney has presented numerous papers on artist’s books and is curating an exhibition for 2016/17; “Matisse, Miro, Picasso and Chagall; Art and Literature – Their Grandest Grand Livre”