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Lot n° 35

COCTEAU JEAN (1889-1963).

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Autograph notes; 13 pages in-12 or in-8 on various papers, sometimes printed on the back or typed. Preparatory notes for writings on art. One finds in these drafts Cocteau's interrogations on the painting of PICASSO and CHIRICO, on the perception of the work of art, its reception, the act of creation. "Picasso is the painter whose paintings are poems. Chirico is a poet whose poems are paintings. In what they differ and resemble and occupy us "... "To write the "life" of Picasso is impossible because the monstrous beauty of this painter resides in the fact that his life is his work"... "Never in the course of these notes, it will be necessary to confuse the literary painting, true plague, with this kind of painting which concerns us because it is made by poets "... "It is of the utmost importance to know if the fact of possessing and looking at a mandrake - a root with a human figure coming from the spasm of a hanged man - is not of more serious consequences than possessing and looking at a statuette coming from the caprice of a man's taste and calculations"... "Until the work of art becomes an object likely to bewitch, it does not count ".... Jean Cocteau also quotes sentences or ideas, borrowed here from Lacenaire and Saint-Just: "One kills for glory" and "one dies for glory". Finally, on the same sheet of paper, he wrote these maxims that take up the themes of art, faith or the soul and genius: "Faith - or the instinct of conservation in its highest form. The genius, supreme reflex of the instinct of conservation. [...] The soul and the instinct of conservation: the woman. The spirit and the instinct of conservation: the art ".