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L’Esprit Nouveau

L’ESPRIT NOUVEAU, Complete Edition, reprinted by Da Capo Press, NY, 1969. Eight volumes.

In France, as throughout most of Europe, a new spirit reigned during the 1920s which embraced all areas of creative activity. The visual arts, music, literature, philosophy, and politics were but some of the diverse fields affected, and this breadth and vitality was reflected in L’Esprit Nouveau; a publication which brilliantly captured the spirit of this intellectually exciting age. Its editors, predominantly painters, understandably emphasized their chosen art, yet the subtitle justly proclaimed it “an international illustrated review of contemporary activity.” Its articles were short and lively and are as interesting to read today as when first written—though naturally we bring to them a different point of view. L’Esprit Nouveau, therefore, is more than a historical document of cardinal importance,

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