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Jean Marais

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Original 11x17” watercolor portrait of Jean Marais as featured in The Art of the Affair: An Illustrated History of Love, Sex, and Artistic Influence. Framed as shown in alternate images. Comes with a copy of the book signed by the illustrator

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As he appears in the text:

“Jean Cocteau directed Juliette Gréco in Orphée. He is best known for his many films, novels, and books of poetry, but he also was a muse and model for many visual artists, including Modigliani, Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Romaine Brooks, and Pablo Picasso. Jean Cocteau was twice Jean Marais’s age when they met; the two Jeans would be inseparable for the next quarter of a century. Marais was a strikingly handsome actor, and later the cover boy for the Smiths album This Charming Man. Cocteau reduced his opium use after they met, finding a new source of inspiration in his lover, whom he cast in many of his films. The Jeans were credited with being one of the first openly gay couples, and they survived the Nazi occupation of Paris together.”

Read more about The Art of the Affair, by Catherine Lacey and Forsyth Harmon. ︎︎︎