The Count Etienne de Beaumont, a wealthy descendant of one of the great families of France, was both a ballet set designer, costumes and jewelery, a painter, an accomplished socialite, known for its masked balls and a generous patron, especially for the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev, passionate contemporary arts.
On May 17, 1924, he inaugurated the ‘Soirees de Paris’ Théâtre de la Cigale in Montmartre. They only last a year, combining music hall performances, ballet, poetry and theater, with the participation of artists as diverse as Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud. With his wife Edith, Étienne de Beaumont Comandita films and avant-garde ballets, and after the war, founded the « Franco-American Association ‘who financed many important exhibitions. Paul Morand, Maurice Sachs, Jean Cocteau, Marc Allégret Bernard Faÿ, Leonide Massine, Lucien Daudet, René Crevel described the extraordinary personality of the Comte de Beaumont; it is also the model of the main character of the second novel by Raymond Radiguet, The Ball of Count Orgel. imec
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