Verde: revista mensal de arte e cultura [Green: An Art and Culture Monthly Magazine] reported on aspects of regional modernism such as its exploration, development, and expression. It was unique among magazines devoted to Brazilian modernism. Published in the provincial area of Minas Gerais (Cataguazes), the magazine was a success at a time when there was a dearth of regional publications.
The Grupo Verde’s manifesto, which took the form of its magazine Verde: revista mensal de arte e cultura, expressed its commitment to the culture of provincial Brazil—as distinct from what was happening in the large cities—because all the articles were contributed by writers from Minas Gerais. Subsequent issues carried contributions from all over the country and even from Latin America. The publication was considered a huge success and a triumph for the provincial interior of the country.
Among the first to sign their names in Verde were the authors of the manifesto, the Brazilian modernist intellectuals Henrique (Vieira de) Rezende (1899–1973), Rosário Fusco (1910–77), (Antônio) Martins Mendes, Ascânio Lopes (Quatorzevoltas) (1906–29), Guilhermino César (1908–93), Christóphoro Fonte-Boa (1906–93), Oswaldo Abritta, Camilo Soares (de Figueiredo Junior) (1909–82), and Francisco Inácio Peixoto (1909–86). One of the achievements they all had in common was that they had written poems or articles in the Minas Gerais newspapers (such as O Cataguazes)and in other newspapers published in the state. Many of the other contributors were distinguished exponents of Brazilian modernist literature, such as Mário de Andrade (1893–1945), Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902–87), Aníbal Machado (1894–1964), Antônio de Alcântara Machado (1901–35), Sérgio Milliet (1898–1966), Ribeiro Couto (1898–1963), Prudente de Morais Neto (1904–77), João Alphonsus (1901–44), Godofredo Rangel (1884–1951), and Marques Rebelo (1907–73), among many others. The Grupo Verde also enjoyed a close relationship with one of the pioneers of Brazilian cinema, Humberto Mauro (1897–1983), who was living in Cataguazes at that time.
A total of six issues of Verde were published between September 1927 and May 1929. The magazine had financial difficulties, and the sudden death of one of its contributors—Ascânio Lopes Quatorzevoltas, at 22 years of age, to whom one of the issues was dedicated—led to the closing of this remarkable provincial publishing effort.