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Femmes des Fleurs
Lithograph
c. 1954
19.5 x 25.75 in
Ed. 38/150
Plate signed and numbered lower right, Jean Cocteau estate stamp and signature of Fernand Mourlot lower left.

Les Centaurs
Lithograph
c.1956
19.5 x 25.75 in
Ed. 38/150
Plate signed and numbered lower right, Jean Cocteau estate stamp and signature of Fernand Mourlot lower left.

Le Muir Droit
1956
19.5 x 25.75 in
Ed. 38/150
Plate signed and dated lower right, numbered lower center, Jean Cocteau estate stamp and signature of Fernand Mourlot lower left.

All three works were executed on lithographic transfer paper from 1954 to 1961, some of which were reproduced under Cocteau’s direction on the walls of the Marriage Chambers in the City of Menton, France, a city which now boasts two Cocteau museums holding the largest collections of his works. Each print exemplifies the inspiration that drove his work, from the domestic woman going about her every day duties, the strength and masculinity inherently found in Greek mythology, or even biblical references to the life of Christ.

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 his 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.

Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Centre George Pompidou (Paris, FR)

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