Kristos Zervos came to Paris in 1918 to study philosophy at the Sorbonne. In 1923 he worked for the art publisher Albert Morancé, where he trained in publishing. He then created the Cahiers d’Art revue in 1926.
Cahiers d’Art was first the work of only one man: Christian Zervos, was simultaneously publisher, director, model maker, chief editor and main editor. This explains the revue’s longevity (97 issues from 1926 to 1960) and its formal and editorial homogeneity. The originality of his revue consisted from the outset in the alliance between solid texts and delicate illustration. Each issue is the result of a balance between the primitive arts and the modern and contemporary arts, between articles by art critics and more literary and poetic texts. According to Zervos, the interest in prehistoric, ancient and extra-European arts was a necessary for insight into contemporary art.