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.

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

Picasso

via Letters of Note: I am quite sad that you are ill.

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