Museu Picasso

Jean Cocteau

(Maisons-Laffitte, 1889 – Milly-la-Forêt, 1963)

The writer, draughtsman and film director Jean Cocteau proposed Picasso as a stage designer for his avant-garde ballet Parade, set to music by Erik Satie and choreographed by Léonide Massine. In February 1917 Picasso and Cocteau met Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Rome. The following year Cocteau, along with Max Jacob and Guillaume Apollinaire, was witness to Picasso's wedding to Olga Khokhlova. In 1924 Cocteau and Picasso worked together on another of Diaghilev's ballets, Le train bleu. Their friendship lasted throughout their lives. Mocking the angular profile and graceful figure he was so proud of, as well as his fastidious attention to matters of dress, Picasso depicts him in a classicist, sophisticated fashion.

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Portrait of Jean Cocteau
1917
Pencil on paper
27 x 24 cm
Col·lecció Stéphane Dermit. Dipòsit a la Maison Jean Cocteau, Milly-la-Forêt

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Caricature of Jean Cocteau
1917
Gouache on textured vellum paper
19,7 x 6,8 cm
Musée national Picasso-Paris. MP784

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