Marin pour 'Querelle de Brest' pencil 23.5 x 17cm (9 1/4 x 6 11/16in).
EXHIBITED: Paris, Le Salon des Peintres du Spectacle, 1995 Bruxelles, Musee D'Ixelles, 1991 Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 1989, no.32
Querelle de Brest was written by the controversial French novelist, Jean Genet (1910-1986) in 1947 and published in 1953. Genet, a petty-thief turned writer, met Cocteau in Paris, and Cocteau used his influence to have Genet's first novel Our Lady of the Flowers published. In 1949 Cocteau, Picasso and Sartre petitioned the French President to have Genet's pending life sentence for burglary set aside. Querelle de Brest was the basis for the 1982 film Querelle. Genet's later work mirrored his life: the struggle between the authorities and those subject to their rule.