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Innamorati, 1961

Jean Cocteau

Painting : wax, pastel 24.8 x 19.3 x 1.2 inch


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Jean Cocteau, Innamorati

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Wax crayons on cardboard with a black background. Original subject that was used for an exhibition affiche for the famous "Gallerie 65" in Cannes in 1961, Mourlot edition (shown in pictures) The work is authenticated and archived by Annie Guédras (the only expert authorized to certify the works of Cocteau). For further information and references see Museé Jean Cocteau of Menton. Framed work. Professional shipping with packaging in a special wooden crate, please request detailed information regarding the procedures and timing for the expatriation of modern and contemporary works of art from Italy. We are available for any information. -- The Innamorati series, burlesque-style drawings that Cocteau executed in 1961, are playlets inspired by the Commedia dell'arte, featuring a fisherman and a young woman from the Riviera. The poet wanted them to be kept in Menton, in his testament-museum. In a letter to Jean Marais in 1938, Jean Cocteau wrote: "the stupidity of lovers is immense, vegetable, animal, astral". "In the Innamorati series, composed of the confronted faces of men and women pulling towards each other a language that is both lustful and aggressive, the feminine motif openly conquers its sensual meaning. It should be noted, however, that the strictly erotic dimension of these love parades is almost non-existent, these brown-skinned men and light-skinned women, set loose on each other like griffins on a coat of arms, give the image of an archaic, Mediterranean devouring of their attraction, where violence prevails over pleasure" (Jean Cocteau, l'œil architecte, Francis Ramirez and Christian Rolot, acr édition, p.146). The technique Jean Cocteau wrote to Jean Marais on 26 January 1961, about the Innamorati that he was drawing: "I make large colour drawings that exhaust me because I crush wax crayons on black paper. Afterwards, I throw myself into cold water". (Jean Cocteau, Lettes à Jean Marais, Albin Michel, p. 477). Confirming the supremacy of line over colour, and his desire to remain "a poet who draws", he wrote in his diary: "Colours obey the organisation of lines as in painters lines obey the organisation of colours". "The brilliance of the pure colours in Cocteau's paintings would justify evoking Fauvism, Expressionism or even Pop Art if the poet-painter had not sought above all to rediscover the primitivism and barbarism of the colours of children's paintings. Cocteau rediscovered a chromatic intensity similar to that of his paintings in 1961, in the series of Innamorati, drawings with coloured wax chalks (exactly "Neocolor 7000" by Caran d'Ache), completely opacifying the paper. (Jean Cocteau, poète graphique, Société Nlle des éditions du Chêne, p. 155).
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Stefanini Arte • Riccione, Italy

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Painting: wax, pastel
Dimensions cm inch
24.8 x 19.3 x 1.2 inch
Silver wood frame with glass
Artwork dimensions including frame
26.8 x 21.3 x 1.6 inch
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Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau

France • Born in: 1889

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Jean Cocteau (5 July 1889, Maisons-Laffitte – 11 October 1963, Milly-la-Forêt) was a French writer, playwright, artist, sculptor, draftsman, and filmmaker. He became a member of the Académie française in 1955.

Jean Cocteau was one of the artists who marked the 20th century. He was friends with numerous avant-garde artists and an inspiration to them. A trendsetter, he inspired the artists of his generation creating portraits with a genius touch, always original and showing rare intuition and talent. From his early works to the issues in his later works, a certain "difficulty of being" is at the heart of his creation.

A multi-talented artist, Jean Cocteau first of all considered himself a poet and considered that every artwork is like poetry.

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