Self portrait signed, inscribed and dated 'Jean/*/Perpignan/15 Juillet/1948' (lower left), pencil 63 x 48cm (24 13/16 x 18 7/8in).
PROVENANCE: Andre Bernard
EXHIBITED: Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Jean Cocteau, 1989, no. 489
Following the success of 1946's La Belle et la Bête, Cocteau was to concentrate on cinematographic work for the next few years. Having moved to Milly-la-Forêt and written the screenplay for Orphée in 1947, the following year saw him working on an adaptation of Victor Hugo's Ruy Blas and Les Parents terribles and also the premiere of L'Aigle A Deux Têtes, all of which starred the dashing Jean Marais, with whom he was living at the time.