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By James S. Williams

From the paranormal attractiveness and the Beast to the surreal Orpheus motion pictures, Jean Cocteau is well known as a number one determine in eu cinema in addition to an artistic strength participating with artists as various as Picasso, Diaghilev and Edith Piaf. but Cocteau's paintings and existence have hardly ever been tested jointly. comparing Cocteau's profession and his attention-grabbing own lifestyles on equivalent phrases, James S. Williams deals the following a groundbreaking research that units them either inside of hugely revealing historic and creative contexts. James S. Williams' biographical research of this poet, dramatist, novelist, clothier, and filmmaker centres round Cocteau's consistent self-questioning and the way it permeated his paintings. From Cocteau's paintings in model and images to his formal experimentation, to his wide collaborations with male acquaintances and enthusiasts, the booklet charts the advanced and unpredictable evolution of his paintings and aesthetic. Williams argues that Cocteau's physique of labor is better considered as a moral, erotic venture of aesthetics that includes vital ramifications for our modern figuring out of being and subjectivity. an attractive and entirely available account, "Jean Cocteau" is key interpreting for all these thinking about the fellow and his unforgettable paintings.

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