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The journal L'Élan was founded as a way for some members of the Parisian avant-garde to voice their support for the French war effort. Its publisher, the painter Amédée Ozenfant, had worked in the publications department of the propaganda service in Paris, and this background is reflected in the journal’s allegorical covers. Ozenfant also sponsored monthly meetings attended by Picasso, Matisse, and Apollinaire, and in 1918 he collaborated with the architect Le Corbusier to establish Purism, an aesthetic movement they considered to be a refinement of Cubism. (Source)

10 issues appeared between 15 April 1915 and 1 December 1916. Contributors included Amédée Ozenfant, Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Pierre Reverdy, P. Fort, R. Allard, and others.



Avant-garde and modernist magazines

Poesia (1905-09, 1920), Der Sturm (1910-32), Blast (1914-15), The Egoist (1914-19), The Little Review (1914-29), 291 (1915-16), MA (1916-25), De Stijl (1917-20, 1921-32), Dada (1917-21), Noi (1917-25), 391 (1917-24), Zenit (1921-26), Broom (1921-24), Veshch/Gegenstand/Objet (1922), Die Form (1922, 1925-35), Contimporanul (1922-32), Secession (1922-24), Klaxon (1922-23), Merz (1923-32), LEF (1923-25), G (1923-26), Irradiador (1923), Sovremennaya architektura (1926-30), Novyi LEF (1927-29), ReD (1927-31), Close Up (1927-33), transition (1927-38).