Jean Cocteau photographed by Irving Penn 1948 Paris.    "Each thread of Cocteau’s tie, vest, and suit is etched in light and shadow; the patterns and the texture pop out in vivid, tactile detail.  The drape of his coat over an extended arm adds drama and balance to the composition. There is an air of flamboyance about him, until you look at his face.  His dead-serious expression registers the fierce intelligence of a keen observer.” –Philip Gefter

Jean Cocteau photographed by Irving Penn 1948 Paris. "Each thread of Cocteau’s tie, vest, and suit is etched in light and shadow; the patterns and the texture pop out in vivid, tactile detail. The drape of his coat over an extended arm adds drama and balance to the composition. There is an air of flamboyance about him, until you look at his face. His dead-serious expression registers the fierce intelligence of a keen observer.” –Philip Gefter

SALVADOR DALI & A VERY YOUNG YVES SAINT LAURENT

SALVADOR DALI & A VERY YOUNG YVES SAINT LAURENT

Jean Cocteau and his lover and lifelong friend, the actor Jean Marais — photo by Cecil Beaton (1939)

Jean Cocteau and his lover and lifelong friend, the actor Jean Marais — photo by Cecil Beaton (1939)

One of the only two known photographs of the famous Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, 1849.

One of the only two known photographs of the famous Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, 1849.

Pablo Picasso, son Claude and Jean Cocteau at a bullfight, Vallauris, France, 1955. Photo by Brian Brake

Pablo Picasso, son Claude and Jean Cocteau at a bullfight, Vallauris, France, 1955. Photo by Brian Brake

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