Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), the French poet, artist, and (later) filmmaker, met Picasso in June 1915; within the year he was pressing Picasso to design sets for his revolutionary ballet, Parade. Picasso wrote this card to Cocteau upon hearing that he was unwell:
My dear Cocteau I am quite sad that you are ill. I hope that you will be well soon and that I will see you. At Montparnasse next Wednesday's festivities in honor of the musician I hope to see you. I have good ideas for our theater story we shall talk about it Best wishes ¦Picasso¦
Inscription: Signed in ink, lower right: Picasso
the artist (sent on November 16–19, 1916 to Cocteau); Jean Cocteau, Paris (from 1916); William S. Lieberman, New York (until d. 2005; his bequest to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 27–August 1, 2010, no. 63.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "XS," December 6, 2011–April 15, 2012, no catalogue.