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Among the bargains available in Artcurial’s October 18 auction of Impressionist and Modern Art in Paris are a caché of 16 drawings by Jean Cocteau, who once wrote: “When I draw, in a way I empty myself of my fatigues and anguishes. My hand turns into a fairy and works independently. It gives me the spectacle of what its intervention is capable of extracting from me that I’m practically unaware of.” Above: Jean Cocteau (1889 – 1963), “Le tango,” 1915. Ink on paper, 8.86 x 10.04 inches. Signed at the lower right corner, “Jim” (a common nom de plume for Cocteau). Artcurial pre-sale estimate: 1,000 – 1,500 €. Image copyright and courtesy Artcurial.

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