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Jean Cocteau

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Untitled, ca. 1920
Pen and ink on paper, 26.3 x 20.4 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Gift, Erina Siciliani 2007.11
© Jean Cocteau, by SIAE 2008


The drawing Untitled, Figure accompanied a copy of Cocteau’s Le Mystère de Jean L’oiseleur (Monologues, Edouard Champion, Paris 1925, 130 numbered works and 12 not for sale accompanied by an original drawing). The colophon is signed: J’ai ajouté pour les amis des mes livres douze exemplaires hors commerce avec un dessin original, This drawing was given by Cocteau to the Parisian lithographer Fernand Mourlot, whose atelier produced the majority of his lithographs during these years (the copy dedicated, signed and dated on the front cover à Férnand Mourlot/ son ami/ Jean, 1955). In 1997, the Estate of Férnand Mourlot displayed part of its archive in an exhibition of drawings and original editions at the Bordas Gallery in Venice. This work including others was acquired by Giorgio Mastinu (gallery assistant from 1995), from whom it was acquired by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Furniture and stage designs by Jean Cocteau for his play The Knights of the Round Table, 1937, were the subject of Peggy Guggenheim’s first exhibition at her Guggenheim Jeune Gallery, London, in 1938 (January 24-Februry 12). Cocteau remained a friend. Peggy owned a drawing by him at the time of her death in 1979, which she left instructions should be given to her friend Vittorio Fiorazzo.

credits: Hangar Design Group