Thames and Hudson, London, 1998
OLeinen mit Schutzumschlag
with 45 illustrations.
When Jean Cocteau first met Picasso during the First World War, he was so eager to impress that he arrived at the brilliant young Spaniard's studio dressed as a harlequin. This anecdote says a great deal about Cocteau, one of the century's great modernists. Picasso went on to incorporate the harlequin into some of his greatest cubist paintings, an example of Cocteau's silent mediation in so many of the decisive moments within 20th-century modernism. Cocteau's own assumption of the role of the harlequin also says much about his own dazzling, but often ambiguous character, an image of the artist captured in Patrick Mauries' short illustrated biography, Jean Cocteau. Mauries' book is a fine reflection of Cocteau's own artistic career--a slight, beautiful, poetic book, made up of a short allusive biographical essay, supplemented by illustrations of Cocteau, his friends, his lovers, and his art.
Kategorie Buch Kunst allg.
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