Jean Cocteau

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Title Jean Cocteau
Artist Lee Miller
Year 1944
Town/City Paris
Country France
Format Modern
Description Lee Miller met Jean Cocteau when she lived in Paris in the early 30s. She starred as the statue that came to life in his film 'Sang d'un Poete (Blood of a Poet). Working together with him solidified a friendship that would continue for the rest of their lives. Jean is one of the artist friends Lee sought out immediately once she arrived in Paris during the city's liberation in August 1944. She wrote of her visit to him and his partner Jean Marais, 'He's living in a tiny entresol flat in the Palais Royale, with arched windows so low and deep set under the arches that candles have to be used all day as well as all night' (there was no electricity in Paris after the liberation). She went on to say, 'To look at pictures we had to sit either on the toilet, or lean out of the window where we were called to by all the little girls - admirers of Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais. The confusion in the apartment was typical, and contrasted to the airy flat I had last seen him in near Madeleine.' Text: extracts from Liberation of Paris original manuscript, August 1944 by Lee Miller © Lee Miller Archives, England. All rights reserved. Published in UK Vogue June 1945 P61

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