Jean Cocteau: Erotic Drawings

Jean Cocteau: Erotic Drawings


Jean Cocteau: Erotic Drawings edited by Annie Guédras 
1999, Hardcover

A stunning collection of Jean Cocteau's erotic and intimate drawings, some never before published. *slight tear on the dust jacket, otherwise mint condition*

"Opium-addicted enfant terrible and creative genius - Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) left a quite exclusive mark on art in the first half of our century. Enveloped in a nimbus of immorality, he if any had a way of continually provoking the cultural authorities and astounding the public with his inexhaustible creativity. Be it as a writer, commentator or painter, actor, choreographer or producer, in the course of his spectacular career he worked - and quarrelled often enough - with all the great artists of his era, from Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Satie and Picasso to Apollinaire, Radiguet, Gide and Treffaut. But no matter what form of artistic expression Cocteau chose to use, he left his personal stamp upon it in some inimitable way.

While his literary works and films are known to a wide public, Jean Cocteau's extensive œuvre as a painter and draughtsman still holds surprises in store. This book, with over 140 illustrations, presents a broad selection of his erotic drawings from four decades, many as yet unpublished. From "Le Livre blanc", Cocteau's controversial homoerotic manifesto, printed anonymously in 1928, to his works from the early 60's, the style and line-work may vary but never the theme: Cocteau's highly explicit works are devoted to one subject alone: the Eros of the male sex." from the inside dust jacket