Portraits of French Poets and Authors in Jacques Doucet’s Collection

French poets and authors are known for their writings of life, love, nature and politics! These portraits are all black and white photographs. Characteristics of their display are intensely theatrical. Many poses are staged such as that of French poet Paul Eluard and his wife Nusch Eluard. Relaxed, natural emotions are captured in the depiction of French author Andre Gide and fellow companions travelling in the USSR.

Image of Louis Aragon (1897-1982) 1929 (b/w photo), French Photographer, (20th century) / French, Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, France, leader of the Surrealist movement;© Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images

Paul Eluard (1895-1952) and his wife Nusch Eluard (1906-1946). Anonymous photography in a photo album of writers and painters by Rose Adler (+ 1959). Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, France, © Stefano Bianchetti / Bridgeman Images.

Image of a Portrait of Robert Desnos (1900-45) at 19 rue Mazarine, 1943 (b/w photo), Maar, Dora (1907-97) / French, Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, France, © Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images.

Image of Andre Gide while travelling in USSR, with Jacques Schiffrin, Pierre Herbart, Eugene Dabit, Louis Guilloux and Elisabeth van Rysselberghe (L to R) 1936 (b/w photo), French Photographer, (20th century) / French, Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, France, © Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images.

Image of Madame Gide with André Gide, 1872 (b/w photo), French Photographer, (19th century) / French, Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, France, Juliette Rondeaux (d.1895); converted to Protestantism; Andre Gide (1869-1951); French writer;© Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images

Image of Robert Desnos (1900-45) (b/w photo), French Photographer, (20th century) / French, Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, France, © Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images.

Image of André Malraux (1901-76) c.1928 (b/w photo), French Photographer, (20th century) / French, Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, France, © Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images

Image of Raymond Radiguet (1903-23), M. Meyer and Pierre Bertin, c. 1920 (b/w photo), French Photographer, (20th century) / French, Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, France, companion of Jean Cocteau (1889-1963); © Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images

Image of Portrait of Stephane Mallarme (1842-98), c.1873 (b/w photo), French School, (19th century) / French, Bibliothèque Littéraire Jacques Doucet, Paris, France. © Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Images.

 

Find out more about Jacques Doucet in this article about French art and museums

 

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