Image description

Jean Cocteau - Self Portrait

Jean Cocteau Self Portrait

Pastel on blue Canson Paper, 1961. Signed & dated lower right, "Jean Cocteau, 1961”. Dedicated above left and right “a Robert” “l’ami”

Size:  12” x 9.5” inches

Authentification: A certificate from the Jean Cocteau expert,  Annie Guedras, dated Paris December 2, 1997, Archive Number 3305 C,  comes with this item.

Provenance:  From the Estate of Robert and Kathryn Altman, NYC. 

Note: The Guedras certificate states that the “Robert” to whom this is dedicated is (Laffont - libraire)

The provenance, however, was from another Robert: Altman was born on February 20, 1925 in the son of Helen (née Matthews). Altman had a Catholic upbringing,but he did not continue to follow or practice the religion as an adult,[ although he has been referred to as "a sort of Catholic" and a Catholic director. In 1943 Altman joined the US Armed forces at the age of 18. During World War II, Altman flew more than 50 bombing missions as a crewman on a  B-24 Liberatoi with the 307th Bomb Group Borneo and the East Indies. Upon his discharge in 1946, Altman moved to California. He entered filmmaking on a whim, selling a script to RKO or the 1948 picture Bodyguard which he co-wrote with George W. George. Altman's immediate success encouraged him to move to New York City, where he attempted to forge a career as a writer. Having enjoyed little success, in 1949 he returned to Kansas City, where he accepted a job as a director and writer of industrial films for the Calvin Company. Altman went on to direct some 65 industrial films and documentaries before being hired by a local businessman in 1956 to write and direct a feature film in Kansas City on juvenile delinquency . The film, titled , made for $60,000, was purchased by United Artists  for $150,000, and released in 1957. With its success, Altman moved from Kansas City to California for the last time. He co-directed The James Dean Story (1957), a documentary rushed into theatres to capitalise on the actor's recent death and marketed to his emerging cult following.Robert Altman once stated: Everything I've learned has come from watching other directors: Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa, Huston and Renoir.” Jean Cocteau himself was a prominent film Director and doubtless the two met and developed a firm friendship in their chosen profession.