In 1937 art critic and publisher Tériade contacted his longtime friend Henri Matisse for help with his latest project, an art magazine he called Verve. High-quality lithographic color reproductions of artworks would set Verve apart from Tériade’s other publications Cahiers d’art and Minotaure. Tériade wanted this new venture to attract a wider audience and make artwork more accessible to the general public.
Vincent van Gogh, the influential Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, left one of the world’s greatest artistic legacies. A fundamental component of this legacy is his sketchbooks. They contain a dazzling variety of drawings, some quick and incomplete, some as polished as anything that hangs in a gallery.