Cocteau was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929) and the films Blood of a Poet (1930), Les Parents Terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (1949). His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Jean Marais, Guillaume Apollinaire, Pablo Picasso, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust and Vaslav Nijinsky.


Cocteau can be considered a Surrealist, although he himself tried to avoid this label. His life-long conflict with André Breton is well documented. Cocteau’s work was controversial at the time, and his private life, centred on his openly gay love affairs and his opium addiction considered scandalous. Cocteau is remembered as a free spirit whose groundbreaking work made him a valued  representative of the Ecole de Paris.



Member of the Académie française

Menber of The Royal Academy of Belgium 

Legion of Honor

Member of the Mallarmé Academy

Member of the German Academy (Berlin)

Member of the Mark Twain Academy (USA)

Honorary President of the Cannes Film Festival 

Honorary President of the France-Hungary Association 

President of the Jazz Academy

President of the Academy of the Disc


Public collections include

Jean Cocteau Museum, Menton

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Guggenheim, New York