La Revue Blanche  

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"The defining image of the moment was provided by an iconic ink sketch by Félix Vallotton for the Revue Blanche, which depicted Ravachol in a muscular refusal to submit to his tormenters, his hair wild and eyes staring, white shirt stripped from his shoulders as the prison guards force his straining neck down towards the board of the guillotine: the anarchists’ answer to a meek Jesus stumbling under the weight of his cross, on the way to Calvary."--The World That Never Was (2010) by Alex Butterworth

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La Revue blanche was a French art and literary magazine run between 1889 and 1903. The greatest writers and artists of the time were its collaborators.


The Revue blanche was founded in Liège in 1889 and run by the Natanson brothers (Alexander, Thaddeus and Louis-Alfred, aka "Alfred Athis"). In 1891, the magazine moved to Paris where it rivaled the Mercure de France, hence its name, which served mark the difference with the Mercure's purple cover. Thaddeus's wife, Misia, participated in the launch of the magazine and served as a model for some covers.The critics Lucien Muhlfeld and Félix Fénéon from 1896 to 1903 served as secretaries, as well as Léon Blum himself.

The journal served as a representative for the cultural and artistic intelligentsia of the time. Starting from 1898, at the instigation of Lucien Herr, it contributed to the Dreyfus affair, siding with the captain accused of treason. Octave Mirbeau published his Diary of a Chambermaid in serial form in the Revue blanche in 1900.

The Revue blanche disappeared in 1903 after 237 issues.

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