art, Claude Esteban Editor, correlation between Art and Poetry, culture, education, France, Graphic design, Henri Lefebvre ecritures et dessins, history, http://www.fondation-maeght.com/en/, http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1979/elytis-bio.html, http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poem/item/2640, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verve_(193760), illustration, Louis Fernandez artist, Maeght Editeur, Prose and Poetry, Raoul Ubac abstract cover design, Revue Argile
This magazine used what could be considered a very contemporary lay out and the text was often placed in a free style on the pages. In the case of Elytis, the greatest of all contemporary Greek poets (1911-1996), it used a double page in Greek with a French translation.
A very fine English translation of his poem Marina of the Rocks can be read here on the poetryinternationalweb.net website.
Henry Lefebvre’s illustrations, like the one below, remind me a bit of Henri Michaux.
Unfortunately Lefebvre seems very obscure some 40 years later and I am unable to provide definitive dates and facts about his life and works.
Argile magazine was the very best France had to offer in a poetry magazine, it was published from 1973-1981 with 24 issues in 20 volumes including 4 double numbers. Unparalleled in the choice of poetry and prose published, it also featured some of the world’s re-known artists either presenting their own inspiration around a poetic theme or as illustrators of poetry by other artists.
The magazine was founded by Claude Estaban on behalf of Aime Maeght the foremost French publisher of fine art in the Twentieth Century, the promoter of another art magazine, considered with the magazine Verve, the finest in the world perhaps: Derriere le Miroir (1946-1982).
This particular issue does not list the cover designer, but later issues with similar designs give credit to the surrealist artist Raoul Ubac as the designer.