Wednesday, 16 June 2010

I am quite sad that you are ill

Today I bring you a vibrantly illustrated 'Get Well Soon' note - presumably coloured in such a way so as to cheer up its recipient - sent to renowned French poet Jean Cocteau in 1916 during a short period of bad health. The letter was sent to him by his friend, Pablo Picasso; a man who needs no introduction.

Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A translated transcript follows.

Translated Transcript
My dear Cocteau

I am quite sad that you are ill. I hope that you will be well soon and that I will see you. At Montparnasse next Wednesday's festivities in honor of the musician I hope to see you. I have good ideas for our theater story - we shall talk about it.

Best wishes