Franz Thomassin
Membership Years
From Claude Arnaud's Jean Cocteau: A Life (2003, 2016): "Franz, the strangest of the three, became the most devoted, and took took a room at the Hôtel de la Madeleine. Tall, thin, and muscular, with Slavic cheekbones and a piercing gaze that would inspire Matisse, this dilettante was overwhelmed with such paralyzing pride that his very nobility gave him complexes. 'The most Roussel-ian character since [Raymond] Roussel,' wrote Sachs in Au temps du Boeuf sur le Toit, 'but with tact and kindness, even an excess of kindness, like Proust, which hurt him: he had a beaten air, but a tender, proud, and congenial one.' Cocteau tried at first to 'read' this living mystery, who would spend his whole life not writing the books he had promised to write. By turns obsequious and exhibitionist, Franz Thomassin protected himself from others with virginal modesty or audacious timidity" (555).

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Member timeline showing activity from 1939 to 1939. See the activities tab for more details.