Dishevelled hair, falling in curls over the forehead. (See the famous portrait of Arthur Rimbaud, patron of all existentialists).
Shirt open to the navel, winter or summer.
Socks of a lively colour, with multicoloured horizontal stripes.
The existentialist, not having a pillow, goes everywhere with the book by Sullivan, I am going to spit on your graves.
Straight hair falling to the breast.
In her trouser pocket, some tame white mice.
The use of make-up is strictly forbidden.
From Boris Vian: manuel de saint-germain-des-pres, edited by Noel Arnaud, Chene.
(Research: Kate Oldfield)
Paris Post War: Art and Existentialism 1945-55 at the Tate Gallery until 5 September.Reuse content