Pierre Mac Orlan

Pierre Dumarchey

1882 (Péronne, France) – 1970 (Saint-Cyr-sur-Morin)

Couté introduced the teenager Mac Orlan (who had many other pseudonyms) to Villon’s poetry. Carco wrote about him dressed cowboy-style. Vlaminck (a close friend), Modigliani, Picasso, Jacob, Apollinaire, Salmon and Carco were all met around the legendary Bateau Lavoir building in low-rent Montmartre; he would eat with Salmon, Apollinaire and Jacob on Saturday nights. Among other friends, he wrote a preface for Cahun, was photographed by Doisneau, and had his erotic writing reframed by Pia. Gréco (who recorded his songs) and Brassens both visited him in old age, Brassens saying that he gave memories to those who had none.