"The majority of drawings in this volume - obsessional, worshipful and sexually explicit - could not be published in Jean Cocteau's lifetime. Before the first publication of Erotica in the early 1990s, few of these images had been seen before in Britain." "Cocteau's models came from a variety of backgrounds. Some were casual pick-ups, others were lovers and friends. Among those represented here are schoolfriends who influenced his sexual development, as well as two of his most famous lovers - the precocious writer Raymond Radiguet and the actor Jean Marais. Cocteau also drew many of his distinguished contemporaries; included here are candid portraits of Picasso, Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Apollinaire, Sarah Bernhardt, Isadora Duncan and Mistinguett, 'Queen of the Paris Music Hall'."--Book jacket.
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