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COCTEAU Paperback – August, 2004

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An aura of making up for past neglect suffuses this complement to a retrospective of French artist-in-all-media Cocteau's work and image (he was one of the most depicted modern artists, by others as well as himself). Author after author of the volume's 16 thought-provoking essays says Cocteau (1891-1963) is near-criminally undervalued because of the ease of execution his clean, mobile line suggests and because he was openly homosexual. He exacerbated his underestimation by contributing to but not joining the great art movements of his heyday--dada and surrealism, in particular--and by deferring to Picasso, to the point of worship, as the greatest modern artist. His style and matter recall the great Spaniard's, but where Picasso is heavy and carnal, Cocteau is light and sexy (often explicitly). His films, especially Le Sang d'un poete, La Belle et le Bete, and orphee, may be his finest achievements. Although the book sadly lacks an index and data about the many names cited and seen in passing, the 500-plus illustrations make it invaluable. Ray Olson
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Dominique Paini is chief curator of the Cocteau exhibition at the Centre Pompidou.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing; n edition (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190347017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903470176
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,918,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is full of the most amazing illustrations and paintings and I agree that Cocteau is seriously underated by art historians and the public. This book has hundreds of illustrations and paintings by him and shows him with many of his contemporaries including Picasso, Freud, Coco Channel etc.

As a artist Cocteau celebrated his sexuality as a homosexual. His raw but beautiful drawings of women with sailors is exciting and tender at the same time. T

This book is a treasure. I am happy for the guy who found it for a dollar. Lucky for him. And Lucky for the person who pays 40 for a book worthy of keeping forever and reading and viewing for years. It is that rich.

B. Ross
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coot on November 2, 2006
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Ha Ha. I found it on the sale rack at Barnes and Nobles for $1!!!!

It's a great book but 40 bucks? Good Lord Man, don't you know I'm poor.
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