SAINT COCTEAU - Limited Edition of 5 Art Print by Jerry DiFalco

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Printmaking: Etching, Aquatint, Drypoint, Oil, Ink on Paper, 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 [1930] and ORPHÉE [1950] ). 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); print size is fifteen inches high by eleven inches wide (31.8 cm x 37.5 cm). The work was hand printed and published by the artist at The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This print is from the First Edition of fifteen etchings. The SECOND edition will remain unprinted until February’s last day in 2019. Only five etchings and will be produced between March 1 and Ash Wednesday of that year. The reason for this delay involves psychic and astrological theories, which the artist uncovered during a meditation session with his crystal ball; Incidentally, this session took place at Walt Whitman’s grave in Camden, New Jersey on the day after this First Edition was printed. Di Falco plans to incorporate the Chine colle technique in his SECOND EDITION. This printmaking method adds color to a print via the employment of treated mulberry bark paper.

THIS PRICE INCLUDES: THE MATTED ETCHING IN AN ARCHIVAL MAT; A FRAME (12 inch x 16 inch high, Type – Glass & Wood Edge / Semi-Ornate Style, Color - Black); ALL HANDLING COSTS; SHIPMENT COSTS; CARDBOARD SHIPMENT CARTON; BUBBLE WRAP & OTHER PACKING MATERIALS; AND, A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY. The work is wired and ready to hang. Framing includes a brown craft paper backing. A wall hook and nail are included.



SAINT COCTEAU - Limited Edition of 5

Jerry DiFalco

United States


Size: 13 W x 17 H x 1 in

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