Arthur Rimbaud signed 'Jean Cocteau' (lower right), indistinctly inscribed 'Epilogue à le fracas', 'chez madame ?? Brusells', pencil 25 x 19.5cm (9 13/16 x 7 11/16in).
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) was one of the founders of modern poetry and literature. Described by Victor Hugo as "An infant Shakespeare", Rimbaud published Une Saison en Enfer in 1873, a poetic work that went on to influence the Surrealist movement. He died of cancer at the age of 37.