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Illustrated Letter to Jean Cocteau

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
1916
Medium:
Watercolor and ink on paper
Dimensions:
Half sheet: 6 7/8 x 4 3/8 in. (17.5 x 11.1 cm) Full sheet: 6 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. (17.5 x 22.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Bequest of William S. Lieberman, 2005
Accession Number:
2007.49.78
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
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.

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