The Message (c.1935)

JEAN COCTEAU (1889-1963)

Pencil on paper; signed lower right
In handmade frame covered with 1920s paper from the Curwen Press designed by Paul Nash

68.5cm x 52.5cm in the frame


Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager, playwright and filmmaker. A giant of the avant-garde, Cocteau’s circle of associates, friends and lovers included Jean Marais, Henri Bernstein, Colette, Édith Piaf and Raymond Radiguet. His work was played out in the theatrical world of the Grands Theatres, the Boulevards and beyond during the Parisian epoque he both lived through and helped define and create.

Cocteau’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being 178,111 USD for Judith et Holophern sold at Vermot & Ass in 2020.

If you would like to buy this picture (or see some more photographs), arrange a viewing or if you would just like to get in touch, then please call 01608-658003 or email [email protected]