Tériade [Eleftheriades, Efstratios]
- Valerie Holman
(b Varia, Lesbos, 2 May 1897; d Paris, 23 Oct 1983). Greek art critic and publisher, active in France. He went to Paris to study law but in 1925 became editor of the modern section of Cahiers d’art, an art periodical recently founded by his compatriot Christian Zervos. From 1928 to 1932, with his friend the critic Maurice Raynal (together they called themselves Les Deux Aveugles), Tériade also assumed responsibility for the arts page of L’Intransigeant. When all these contracts expired he joined Albert Skira, helping him publish Matisse’s first artist’s book, Poésies by Stéphane Mallarmé (Lausanne, 1932), and in 1933 he became Artistic Director of Skira’s luxurious, largely Surrealist periodical, Minotaure, for the first nine of its thirteen issues. Tériade’s own interest in art extended well beyond Surrealism, to encompass what he considered the universal language of art and especially its material substance. He edited and co-authored the first two texts for Skira’s first series of colourplate books, ...