Aug 13, 2020 - Sale 2544

Sale 2544 - Lot 15

Price Realized: $ 875
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JEAN COCTEAU (1889-1963)


Dessins.
Large quarto, limited edition, copy number 241 of 400, signed by Cocteau on the limitation page and printed on vélin pur fil, bound in publisher's full cloth, label to spine, illustrated throughout with Cocteau's simple line drawings and portraits of many famous friends and fellow artists of the era, including Freud, Stravinsky, Picasso, Diaghilev, Poulenc, and others, 27 1/2x22 1/2 cm. Paris: Librairie Stock, 1923.

"As far back as I can remember, and even at an age when the mind does not yet influence the senses, I find traces of my love of boys. I have always loved the strong sex that I find legitimate to call the fair sex. My misfortunes came from a society that condemns the rare as a crime and forces us to reform our inclinations."--Cocteau, from Le Livre Blanc.Paris: Librairie Stock, 1923.

Additional Details

Cocteau's Dessins contains a suite of seventeen drawings that evocatively depict an unnamed 1920s LGBTQ bar he dubs "le mauvais lieu," one of many gay Parisian clubs operating at the time.