An Abstract Composition

by / attributed to Jean Cocteau

P.O.A.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 10 x 8 inches / 25.4 x 20.3 cm
SIGNATURE: Studio stamp (upper right)
MEDIUM: Pencil on paper

Jean Cocteau (b. 1889) would regularly draw his friends and acquaintances in a distinctive fluid style, informed by his interests in cubism. He was also been associated with the Dada and Surrealist movements due to his connections with known avant-garde artists and writers in Paris. Cocteau was an enormously influential, self-taught French artist, novelist and poet. He was a leading creative force in Paris who was friends with Pablo Picasso, Tristan Tzara, Francis Picabia and Man Ray.

Jean Cocteau (b. 1889) would regularly draw his friends and acquaintances in a distinctive fluid style, informed by his interests in cubism.

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    Jean Cocteau (b. 1889) would regularly draw his friends and acquaintances in a distinctive fluid style, informed by his interests in cubism. He was also been associated with the Dada and Surrealist movements due to his connections with known avant-garde artists and writers in Paris. Cocteau was an enormously influential, self-taught French artist, novelist and poet. He was a leading creative force in Paris who was friends with Pablo Picasso, Tristan Tzara, Francis Picabia and Man Ray.

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    Cocteau’s life was tumultuous, he experienced tragedy at an early age when his father committed suicide, he struggled with academics and he suffered bullying at the hands of a group of homophobic and jealous Parisian artists, later succumbing to opium addiction. As a result of his inner turmoil he ‘rejected sadness as a defence mechanism’. He focused his attention on a dreamlike life and was dependent on his mother.

    He passed away of a heart attack in 1963 aged 74 and today his works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, among others.

     

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