66 total issues bound in 7 volumes of the luxurious 1930s medical journal, "revue mensuelle réservée au corps médical". produced by the Debat pharmaceutical laboratories under the direction of Dr. François Debat, first called "La Revue du Médecin" before the title changed to "Art et Médecine", important particularly for its countless photographs and contributions from some of the most notable avant-garde photographers and writers of the 1930s, including Germaine Krull, Maurice Tabard, Pierre Boucher, Man Ray, François Kollar, Brassaï, Eli Lotar, Victor Borel, Illa, Roger Schall, Laure Albin Guillot, Pierre Mac Orlan, Francis Carco, Jean Cocteau, Paul Morand, and Emmanuel Sougez, but most especially for the 230 published photos by André Kertész. Large 4to. Leather-backed marbled boards with gilt-tooled and raised spines. Several original chromolithograph covers preserved, most removed. Paris, 1929-1936.
La Revue du Médecin/Art et Médecine was produced and laid out at an impeccable level of quality thanks to sponsorship from a successful pharmaceutical lab which specialized in cosmetics and dermatology. The Debat laboratories were founded in 1920 by François Debat, a pharmacist and doctor, in Garches, France. The lab was situated in a vast park to "combine work and beauty", and after World War II, Debat built for his staff a workers' garden city which included housing for fifty families, a hall, a library, a nursery, and a tennis court.
Debat founded this journal thanks to the success of his business, and approached its production both as a doctor and as an art lover. The luxurious illustrated journal was distributed free of charge to doctors to put in waiting rooms. The issues contained a smattering of medical articles and advertisements for Debat products, alongside more popular sections such as reports on regions of France and musical and literary news. For the articles, Debat called on well-established writers as well as right-wing nationalists.
This journal also became a true showcase for photographers of the New Vision, whose images illustrated both the medical reports and articles within the issues, as well as advertisements. André Kertész, in particular, became the most important contributor to the journal thanks to the sheer volume of photographs he produced for its pages. Kertész moved from Hungary to Paris in 1925 where he became part of the Montparnasse scene. He also started publishing his photos in the weekly magazine "Vu" in 1928, so that when he began contributing photographs to Art et Médecine, he was already well-known for his poetic and emotional compositions. Employed by Dr. Debat, he photographed landscape views throughout various regions of France, upscale villas and chateaux, portraits of artists and writers, interiors, gardens, and cafes.
A rare sizable run of a beautifully produced and landmark publication of avant-garde photography.
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