Jean Cocteau Biography


FRENCH painter, printmaker, movie director and writer, Jean Cocteau's artworks are greatly influenced by his talent and knowledge of other fields, such as theatre and poetry.

Widely regarded as one of the most extravagant figures in the avant-garde art of his time, he was a close friend of artists, such as, PICASSO and MODIGLIANI.

In filmmaking, his best known movies include, LA BELLE ET LA BETE, LE SANG DÃ?N POETE, ORPHEE and TESTAMENT DÃ?RPHÃ?E.

The artist died of a heart attack at age 74 at his chateau in Milly-la-Foret, France on October 11, 1963 after hearing the news of the death of his close friend, EDITH PIAF, the famous French singer.


2000 - Bibliotheque historique de la Ville de Paris: Jean Cocteau, poetic writings, June-October - Sarlat (the old Bishop's Palace), Tribute to Jean Cocteau, summer - Milly-la-Foret (Musee Paul-Bedu), Tribute to Jean Cocteau, summer - Granville (Musee Richard-Anacreon), Jean Cocteau exhibition, December 1999-March 2000 - Brussels (James Van Dammer gallery), Erotic works of Jean Cocteau, July- August - Pittsburg (Andy Warhol Museum), Tribute to Jean Cocteau, November 2000- January 2001.

2001 - Madrid (Queen Sofia National Museum), Jean Cocteau and Spain, February 1st - April 1st. - Tokyo (Bunkamura Museum of Modern Art) and Kyoto (Eki Museum), Jean Cocteau: "Ils" Angels and Demons, March 15th - July 10th - Montpellier (Universite Paul-Valery), Jean Cocteau, war photographs and sketches, May - Montpellier (Universite Paul-Valery, Bibliotheque universitaire), the poetry of Jean Cocteau in the Jean Cocteau collection at the universite Paul-Valery, May - Montpellier (Galerie Reno), Lithographs, jewellery, ceramics , May - Sevran (Espace François-Mauriac); The fantastic world of Jean Cocteau, exhibition, performances, activities, May-June - Parnu (Musee d'art moderne), Men and Women, June 3rd - September 1st - Paris (Musee du Montparnasse), Jean Cocteau in Montparnasse, There and After, November 7th - April 7th 2002 - Paris (Galerie Arcade Colette), Jean Cocteau, drawings, ceramics, December 15th 2001 - February 10th 2002 - Tulle, Orpheus, A Tribute to Jean Cocteau, March - Compiegne (Espace Legendre), Tribute to Jean Cocteau, September

2003 - Centre Georges-Pompidou (September 2003 to January 2004)