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The Avant-Garde Between the Wars

Small magazines were of fundamental importance in disseminating the literature, ideas, and art of the avant-garde, for example, the Dada and Surrealist movements, between the two world wars. The titles of various reviews indicate in themselves the iconoclastic aims of the editors. Here are a few examples from the Pia collection:

La Ligne de Coeur

La Ligne de Coeur. The first issue is dated November, 1925.

L’oeuf dur

L’oeuf dur. Aragon, Cocteau, and Jacob were active in this review. The spring 1924 issue includes the poem, « Délectation, » by François Mauriac.

Feuillets inutiles

Max Jacob, illustrated poem, « Romances, » in Feuillets inutiles, November 1931.

Illustrated page from « Romances»

Belle Violence

Postcard from Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961) to André Blandin in Brussels, referring to the latter’s Belle Violence.

Verso of postcard from Cendars to Blandin.

Cendrars' Poetry

Cendrars’ poetry of this period was an important contribution to modernism: Du monde entier (1919), Dix-neuf poèmes élastiques (1919), Documentaires (original title, Kodak, 1924).