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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, France)

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