Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic. He was described as “one of the avant-garde’s most successful and influential filmmakers”.In his early twenties, Cocteau became associated with the writers Marcel Proust, André Gide, and Maurice Barrès. In 1912, he collaborated with Léon Bakst on Le Dieu bleu for the Ballets Russes; the principal dancers being Tamara Karsavinaand Vaslav Nijinsky. During World War I Cocteau served in the Red Cross as an ambulance driver. This was the period in which he met the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, artists Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani, and numerous other writers and artists with whom he later collaborated. Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev persuaded Cocteau to write a scenario for a ballet, which resulted in Parade in 1917. It was produced by Diaghilev, with sets by Picasso, the libretto by Apollinaire and the music by Erik Satie. The piece was later expanded into a full opera, with music by Satie, Francis Poulenc and Maurice Ravel. “If it had not been for Apollinaire in uniform,” wrote Cocteau, “with his skull shaved, the scar on his temple and the bandage around his head, women would have gouged our eyes out with hairpins.” He denied being a Surrealist or being in any way attached to the movement. Cocteau wrote the libretto for Igor Stravinsky’s opera-oratorio Oedipus rex, which had its original performance in the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt in Paris on 30 May 1927.An important exponent of avant-garde art, Cocteau had great influence on the work of others, including a group of composers known as Les six. In the early twenties, he and other members of Les six frequented a wildly popular bar named Le Boeuf sur le Toit, a name that Cocteau himself had a hand in picking. The popularity was due in no small measure to the presence of Cocteau and his friends.

  • Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963)

    Elegant lady at her window and Messenger Bird (Elegante a sa fenêtre et oiseau messager) Medium: Original drawing in pencil Description: The Cocteau expert, Annie Guedras, issued a document with additional information about this work. Jean Cocteau was commissioned to execute a series of drawings for the Couture House, Molyneux and these were entitled “Douze Portraits des robes de Molyneux”. She illustrates a drawing, another from the series, which was the title piece. The buyer acquires a certificate by Annie Guedras, the well known Cocteau expert, dated at Perigueux on the 20th August 2015 under archive number 5844 E n Signed by the artist with initials “JC” Year: 1935 Size: 65 x 50 cms (Paper size) Price on Application
  • Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963)

    Robes du soir sur fond étoile (Evening dresses in a field of stars) Medium: Original drawing in pencil Description: This drawing was published in the magazine “Femina” in October 1935. Then in 2010, it was published in a work by Dominique Many , from Editions Textual, entitled “Jean Cocteau – Archaelogie de sa suit” on page 94. The Cocteau expert, Annie Guedras, issued a document with additional information about this work. Jean Cocteau was commissioned to execute a series of drawings for the Couture House, Molyneux and these were entitled “Douze Portraits des robes de Molyneux”. She illustrates a drawing, another from the series, which was the title piece. Exhibitions: - 2007 Musee Richard Anacreon de Granville – Entitled : “Passions crosses – Cocteau et les Femmes” - 2011 Musee Christian Dior de Granville : Exhibition entitled “Le Bal des Artistes” The buyer acquires a certificate by Annie Guedras, the well known Cocteau expert, dated at Perigueux on the 20th August 2015 under archive number 5840 E Signed by the artist with initials “JC” Year: 1935 Size: 65 x 50 cms (paper size) Price on Application