'Raymond Radiguet endormi' signed 'Jean' (lower left), inscribed and dated Pigney 1922' (lower centre) and titled (lower right), pencil 12.5 x 20cm (4 15/16 x 7 7/8in).
EXHIBITED: Paris, Le Salon des Peintres du Spectacle, 1995 Bruxelles, Musee D'Ixelles, 1991 Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, 1989, no.19
Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923) had been mentored by Cocteau, and was closely associated with the Modernist set of the early 20th century, of which Picasso, Max Jacob and Jean Hugo were leading members. Radiguet was the author of Le Diable au Corps, a highly controversial novel about a married woman who has an affair with a young man whilst her husband is fighting at the front. The novel earned him the Nouveau Monde literary prize (with influence from Cocteau), but he was to die aged 20 of typhoid after a trip he had taken with Cocteau, who was left shocked by his sudden death.