Jean Cocteau Ink Study ‘Le ménage Hindou’ 1958


Jean Cocteau ‘Le ménage Hindou’ 1958

✓ Original Ink Study on heavy paper
✓ Hand Signed but not dated

Study for the edition of a ceramic polychrome plate (one of many plates designed by Jean Cocteau). That plate was also edited in 1958 by ‘les Ateliers Madeline-Jolly’.

Size of the study: 24,5 x 24cm



Jean Cocteau Ink Study ‘Le ménage Hindou’ 1958

✓ Original Jean Cocteau Ink Study on heavy paper
✓ Hand Signed but not dated

Jean Cocteau ink study for the edition of a ceramic polychrome plate (one of many plates designed by Jean Cocteau). That plate was also edited in 1958 by ‘les Ateliers Madeline-Jolly’.

Size of the study: 24,5 x 24cm

More Information on Jean Cocteau

Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwrighter, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants terribles (1929), and the filmsBloof of a poet (1930), Les Parents terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946), and Orpheus (1949). His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Kenneth Anger, Pablo Picasso, Modigliani, Diego Rivera, Jean Hugo, Jean Marais, Henri Bernstein, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, María Félix, Édith Piaf and Raymond Radiguet.

Cocteau was born in Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines, a village near Paris, to Georges Cocteau and his wife, Eugénie Lecomte; a socially prominent Parisian family. His father was a lawyer and amateur painter who committed suicide when Cocteau was nine. He left home at fifteen. He published his first volume of poems, Aladdin’s Lamp, at nineteen. Cocteau soon became known in Bohemian artistic circles as The Frivolous Prince, the title of a volume he published at twenty-two. Edith Wharton described him as a man “to whom every great line of poetry was a sunrise, every sunset the foundation of the Heavenly City.

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 Karsavina and 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.

In the 1930s, Cocteau had an affair with Princess Natalie Paley, the beautiful daughter of a Romanov grand duke and herself a sometimes actress, model, and former wife of couturier Lucien Lelong. She became pregnant. To Cocteau’s distress and Paley’s life-long regret, the baby was aborted. Cocteau’s longest-lasting relationships were with the French actors Jean Marais and Édouard Dermit, whom Cocteau formally adopted.

In 1940, Le Bel Indifférent, Cocteau’s play written for and starring Édith Piaf, was enormously successful. He also worked with Pablo Picasso on several projects and was friends with most of the European art community. Cocteau’s films, most of which he both wrote and directed, were particularly important in introducing the avant-garde into French cinema and influenced to a certain degree the upcoming French New Wave genre.

Cocteau was openly gay. His muse and lover for over 25 years was actor Jean Marais.

Cocteau died of a heart attack at his chateau in Milly-la-Forêt, Essonne, France, on 11 October 1963 at the age of 74. It is said that upon hearing of the death of his friend, the French singer Édith Piaf the same day, he choked so badly that his heart failed. He is buried beneath the floor of the Chapelle Saint Blaise Des Simples in Milly-la-Forêt. The epitaph on his gravestone set in the floor of the chapel reads: “I stay with you” (“Je reste avec vous”).

In 1955 Cocteau was made a member of the Académie française and The Royal Academy of Belgium.

During his life Cocteau was commander of the Legion of Honor, Member of the Mallarmé Academy, German Academy (Berlin), American Academy, Mark Twain (U.S.A) Academy, Honorary President of the Cannes film festival, Honorary President of the France-Hungary Association and President of the Jazz Academy and of the Academy of the Disc.

A few citations by Jean Cocteau, reflecting his state of mind and his way of living, creating and performing:

Il n’y a pas de précurseurs, il n’existe que des retardataires (Potomak)

Ce que le public te reproche, cultive-le : c’est toi (Potomak)

La source désapprouve presque toujours l’itinéraire du fleuve (Rappel à l’ordre)

Rien d’audacieux n’existe sans la désobéissance à des règles (Poésie critique)

Les miroirs feraient bien de réfléchir un peu plus avant de renvoyer les images (Le sang d’un poète)

Il est indispensable de se sacrifier quelquefois. C’est l’hygiène de l’âme (Les parents terribles)

Puisque ces mystères me dépassent, feignons d’en être l’organisateur (Les mariés de la Tour Eiffel)

Tout ce qui n’est pas cru reste décoratif (Opium)

Combien d’hommes profondément distraits pénétrèrent dans des trompe-l’oeil et ne sont pas revenus (Les enfants terribles)

A l’impossible je suis tenu (Orphée)

Le rêve est la forme sous laquelle toute créature vivante possède le droit au génie, à ses imaginations bizarres, à ses magnifiques extravagances (Extrait du Discours de réception à l’Académie française)

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