Jean Cocteau Bösendorfer Artist Series
Ahead of His Times
Jean Cocteau ( 1889-1963 ) was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. He was a contemporary of Picasso and had working associations with many world famous artists and musicians like Igor Stravinsky and Erik Satie. The Collector's Grand is design for model size 200 and 214VC. It can be ordered in white polyester with chrome fittings and a silver colored frame and is limited to 12 pieces.
Cocteau was fascinated by the Orpheus legend. Orpheus was considered to be the greatest musician of all time. Apollo, god of music, gave him a lyre. We apply the original Orpheus image from Cocteau using the silk screen technique that Cocteau himself often used.
The Menton Music festival is the oldest and one of the most prestigious music festivals in Europe. Piano music is featured significantly at the festival with, both, outdoor concerts in the wonderful medieval town square, and indoor concerts inside the exciting ultra modern Museum Jean Cocteau that houses the Severin Wunderman collection. In recent years the Museum concerts have been performed on a Bösendorfer so it was a perfect fit to craft a Collector's Bösendorfer “Cocteau” Grand.
When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.
( 1889 – 1963 )
Bösendorfer Grand 200 bis 214VC
Resonance Case PrincipleDetails
From delicate pianissimo to splendid fortissimoDetails
Unique bass stringsDetails
Independent Capo d’AstroDetails
Traditional Sand CastDetails
Made in AustriaDetails
Jean Cocteau was a multi-disciplinary protean artiste who embraced creativity in all its forms… With inimitable elegance, Jean Cocteau created a body of oeuvres which is considered today to be of great importance.
Pierre Bergé | President Comité Jean Cocteau
It is a great honour for the Menton Festival which this year will celebrate its 66th anniversary to work with Bösendorfer on this exceptional piano. Cocteau was an avid visitor to the Festival and the special relationship he maintained with the city of Menton confers a particular sense to this project.
Paul-Emmanuel Thomas | Directeur Artistique Festival de Menton
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