Printmaking: Etching on Paper and Other.
This print uses the etching technique of intaglio, dry-point, and aquatint; I used oil-based Charbonnel brand (metallic) printer’s ink (France) on STONEHENGE black paper (UK).
The image is taken from a single frame in Cocteau’s final film entitled, Le testament d'Orphée (Original Title was: “Le testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas pourquoi), 1960. Cocteau directed and starred in this film, which is the last part of THE ORPHIC TRILOGY (The Blood of a Poet  and ORPHÉE  ). The cast includes: Charles Aznavour; Lucia Bosé; Maria Casarès; Nicole Courcel; Luis Miguel Dominguín; Daniel Gélin; Jean-Pierre Léaud; Serge Lifar; Jean Marais; François Périer; and, Françoise Sagan. Cameo appearances are also made by Pablo Picasso and Yul Brynner. The film is shot in black and white, yet has a few seconds of colors edited into it. Cocteaus’ Le testament d'Orphée involves the metaphysical elements of time travel, dream consciousness, and death/rebirth; it also deals with Gods and Goddesses, the law, and the poet’s visionary insights into everything.
The image size is nine inches high by six inches wide (22.5 cm x 15 cm); paper/print size is fifteen inches high by eleven inches wide (31.8 cm x 37.5 cm). Frame size is sixteen inches high by twelve inches wide (41 cm by 31 cm); weight given is an estimated one. This is from the FIRST EDITION of TWO (limited to FIFTEEN prints per edition.) Price does not include shipment or insurance during shipment; shipment costs vary and depend upon destination and mailing method. Price includes frame and mat.
Keywords: rebirth, silver ink, surrealism, OrphÃ©e, Orpheus, cocteau, marais, death, film
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from Cocteau's "Le testament d'Orphée"