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Jean Cocteau (French, 1889–1963)
LOT ID: 73403
Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent]; 2 works), ie. circa 1952

Lithograph
24 х 18 in. (60.96 x 45.72 cm.)
Signed, and numbered on recto.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1952
Edition 55/200
Lot description
Orpheus, 1952. Color lithograph, 24 x 18 inches. Signed and numbered '55/200' on recto.

Untitled (Woman with Serpent), 1960. Color lithograph, 22.1 x 17.2 inches. Signed and 'e.a.' inscribed on recto. E.A. aside from edition of 75.

The French artist, filmmaker, poet, dramatist, playwright, and designer Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963) was an incredibly prolific avant-garde “Renaissance Man,” integral to many highly important developments within Modernism. In addition to his beautiful drawings, Cocteau produced approximately 20 theatrical plays, 11 films, 6 screenplays, 6 novels, and numerous works of poetry and criticism. Cocteau was a close associate of some of the most legendary cultural icons of the time including Édith Piaf (who starred in his play Le Bel Indifférent), Princess Natalie Paley, writer Marcel Proust, poet Guillaume Apollinaire, artists Pablo Picasso and Amedeo Modigliani, ballet master Sergei Diaghilev, and musician Erik Satie. After being asked by Diaghilev to write a work for one of his ballets in 1917, Cocteau responded with “Parade,” a collaborative ballet produced by Diaghilev, and also designed by Picasso with music by Erik Satie. With his work as a writer and director of film, Cocteau is widely credited as the father of French New Wave Cinema.
Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
  • Orpheus (+ Untitled [Woman with Serpent] 2 works) by Jean Cocteau
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