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XXe Siecle

One Man’s Democratization of Art: Xxe Siecle

Amongst the art journals of the Modern period, there are three which stand out; Derrier Le Mirror, Verve, and Xxe Siecle. Of these three, it is perhaps Xxe Siecle (‘ The 2oth Century Review’) which stands slightly ahead of its contemporaries in its impact on the art world. This is thanks mainly to the campaigning and ceaseless enthusiasm of its founder, Walter of St Lazarus, or Gualtieri di San Lazzaro.

Gualtieri was an Italian art historian, author, and collector who travelled to Paris just after the end of the First World War, and stayed until the outbreak of the Second World War. What drew him to Paris was the exploding art scene of the early modernist Movement; with many French and Spanish painters such as Picasso, Miro, Chagall and Rouallt congregating in Paris to share their newer, edgier, avante-garde work. Gualtieri quickly became one of the key ‘connecting’ figures of the Modernist movement (along with fellow art historian and gallerist Ambrose Vollard) and worked to make the art of the rising stars available for a much wider audience through journal printings.

Gualiteri sporadically produced the art magazine Xxe Siecle, each one themed around a particular region or artist, commissioned with unique articles by leading or associated thinkers, poets, as well as unique lithographic prints by the chosen artist for that edition alone. Unfortunately due to the sporadic publication of the periodical, there were only ever approximately sixty ‘reviews’ produced, making this magazine eminently collectible for both amateur and professional collectors.

One of Gualitieri’s key passions was what was later called ‘the democratization of art’ – or, the ability for art to be seen, experienced, and owned outside of the elite Parisian, New York and London galleries. The Xxe magazine is regarded as a pivotal moment in the development of a modern sensibility towards art, as well as providing artists with a whole new method of reaching their audience.

The joy of collecting a journal such as the XXe Siecle is that it comes attached both with personal stories, as well as still being affordable, and offering the collector a wide degree of choice. You can choose to pursue one particular artist who appeared in their pages (such as Chagall, Wasily Kandinsky or Miro) and be content in the knowledge that the lithographic reproductions were designed especially for that edition. Luckily, many first editions of this review are still available – and not for a lot of money either! In many cases, a mere three to four hundred dollars will secure one in good condition.

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XXe Siecle 1. Revue Xxe Siecle (1938). with a lithograph by Pascin

XXe Siecle 2. Revue Xxe Siecle (1938). with a lithograph by Seligmann

XXe Siecle 3. Revue Xxe Siecle (1938). with six original woodcuts by Kandinsky

XXe Siecle 4. Revue Xxe Siecle (1938). with 8 original engravings by Matisse, Miro, Arp and others

XXe Siecle 5/6. Revue Xxe Siecle (1939). with an original lithograph by Ernst and original engravings, including one executed by Kandinsky

XXe Siecle 3. Revue Xxe Siecle (1952). with original lithographs by Miro, Calder, Michaux and Giacometti

XXe Siecle 9. Revue Xxe Siecle (1957). with original lithographs by Chagall and Fautrier

XXe Siecle 10. Revue Xxe Siecle (1958). with four original lithographs, including one by Picasso

XXe Siecle 11. Revue Xxe Siecle (1958). with original lithographs by Braque and Ernst and 3 pochoirs

XXe Siecle 13. Revue Xxe Siecle (1959). with six woodcuts by Kandinsky, Ernst, Magnetti, Arp and others, two li linocuts by Miro and Matisse, one lithograph, and one pochoir

XXe Siecle 14. Revue Xxe Siecle (1960). with three original lithographs, including one by Chagall

XXe Siecle 15. Revue Xxe Siecle (1960). with a lithograph by Miro.

XXe Siecle 15. Revue Xxe Siecle (1960). with a lithograph by Manessier

XXe Siecle 16. Revue Xxe Siecle (1961). with three lithographs, including one by Miro

XXe Siecle 17. Revue Xxe Siecle (1961). with a lithograph by Appel

XXe Siecle 18. Revue Xxe Siecle (1962). with an original lithograph by da Silva

XXe Siecle 19. Revue Xxe Siecle (1962). with a lithograph by Arp

XXe Siecle 20. Revue Xxe Siecle (1962). with three lithographs, including one by Ernst

XXe Siecle 21. Revue Xxe Siecle (1963). with lithographs by Lam and Marini

XXe Siecle 22. Revue Xxe Siecle (1963). with three lithographs

XXe Siecle 23. Revue Xxe Siecle (1964). with a lithograph by Ernst

XXe Siecle 24. Revue Xxe Siecle (1964). with lithographs by Hartung and Miro

XXe Siecle 25. Revue Xxe Siecle (1965). with a lithograph by Esteve

XXe Siecle 26. Revue Xxe Siecle (1966). with two lithographs by Chagall

XXe Siecle 27. Revue Xxe Siecle (1967). with two original woodcuts by Kandinsky

XXe Siecle 28. Revue Xxe Siecle (1967). with lithographs by Marini and Miro

XXe Siecle 30. Revue Xxe Siecle (1968). with lithographs by Esteve and Marini

XXe Siecle 31. Revue Xxe Siecle (1968). with two lithographs, one by Miro

XXe Siecle 32. Revue Xxe Siecle (1969). with two lithographs

XXe Siecle 33. Revue Xxe Siecle (1969). with lithographs by Esteve and Capogrossi

XXe Siecle 34. Revue Xxe Siecle (1970). with lithographs by Chagall and Soulages

XXe Siecle 35. Revue Xxe Siecle (1970). with lithographs by Marini and Bergman

XXe Siecle 36. Revue Xxe Siecle (1971). with a lithograph by Leger

XXe Siecle 37. Revue Xxe Siecle (1971). with lithographs by Calder, Agam, and Wou-ki

XXe Siecle 38. Revue Xxe Siecle (1972). with lithographs by Masson and Sutherland

XXe Siecle 39. Revue Xxe Siecle (1972). with lithographs by Delaunay and Esteve

XXe Siecle 40. Revue Xxe Siecle (1973). with four lithographs, including one each by Johns and Marini

XXe Siecle 41. Revue Xxe Siecle (1973). with lithographs by Hartung and Indiana

XXe Siecle 43. Revue Xxe Siecle (1974). with three lithographs, including one by Dali

XXe Siecle 44. Revue Xxe Siecle (1975). with lithographs by Baj and Rosenquist

XXe Siecle 45. Revue Xxe Siecle (1975). with lithographs by Man Ray and Matta

XXe Siecle 46. Revue Xxe Siecle (1976). with a lithograph by Miro

XXe Siecle 47. Revue Xxe Siecle (1976). with a lithograph by Miro

XXe Siecle 48. Revue Xxe Siecle (1977). with a lithograph by Moore

XXe Siecle 49. Revue Xxe Siecle (1977). with a lithograph by da Silva

XXe Siecle 50. Revue Xxe Siecle (1978). with a lithograph by Gentini

,. XXe Siecle 51. Revue Xxe Siecle (1978). with a lithograph by Agam