Lot n° 91
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Jean COCTEAU (1889-1963). L.A.S., Milly 18... - Lot 91 - Ader
Jean COCTEAU (1889-1963). L.A.S., Milly 18 June 1956, to his friend the painter Jean-Paul Brusset; 2 pages in-4 in pencil. Interesting letter on their collaboration for the decoration of the wedding hall of the town hall of Menton and the chapel Saint-Pierre of Villefranche-sur-Mer. "I cannot tell you how much the nobility of your letter touched my heart after the harshness of mine (which was a kind of trial from which you came out victorious). At the exact minute I find myself in the morgue of lettrists (for the Poetry Prize) your simplicity seems exquisite and I am free to congratulate you on your remarkable drawing of the menu of "Mirabelle" in London "... He gives a few details about the timing and material conditions of the commission, then explains his "working method": "First I will show you the place. Then the drawings (already very thorough). I will leave you the bleachers on the largest possible scale (I don't like "small characters") so that if I have made a mistake in my measurements you will correct them by bringing the characters closer together if necessary, until they all fit together. I have made some details aside so that all that remains is to enlarge them [...] An Italian specialist will help us with the ceiling of the town hall, which represents, besides a flying horse and a ragged angel, a terrible technical fatigue. (The ceiling of the chapel is easier - in architectural trompe l'oeil [...]). As I will draw a fairly strong black line on top of another colored rubbed line (a circle), I will have to draw the preparatory drawing with a material other than charcoal so that the line is clearly legible to me and the circle does not erase it..." He illustrates his point with a small diagram... I avoided the pochades in Matisse's chapel. There will be a large number of characters and all of them will have a full linear outline. Besides, on the way, we will invent and find our lyricism and our living accuracy "...
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