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In Memoriam: French painter Andre Beaurepaire, 88

PARIS AFP) – French painter Andre Beaurepaire, a former collaborator of Jean Cocteau, has died at the age of 88, his partner, the photographer Raphael Remiatte, told AFP on Thursday.

Beaurepaire, who was born in Paris in 1924, started drawing at the age of 12. His breakthrough came in 1945 when Christian Berard and Cocteau invited him to contribute to an exhibition on haute couture.

He subsequently worked with artists including Roland Petit, Jean Genet, Frederick Ashton, Leonid Massine, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Jean Marais and the Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto.

Beaurepaire also worked on costume and stage design for the Opera de Paris, la Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera house in Covent Garden, London and the Royal Opera in Amsterdam. He died on Tuesday, his partner said.