Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was a French avant-garde poet, playwright and artist. Associatied with both Dada and Surrealism, he was one of the most influential creative figures in Paris. Cocteau famously said of his artwork, "Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently."
One of many celebrated artists to create lithographs at Atelier Mourlot, Cocteau was very fond of the studio. In 1955, he wrote a poem dedicated to the famous print shop; 'Walls have ears, they even have mouths, Mourlot posters, presents to you one of their songs, one of their cries.'
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