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Thursday, September 03, 2015
Jean Cocteau Decorates a Church
Most people's knowledge of Jean Cocteau as a visual artist is related to his films and to his simple line drawings of nude men with often very homoerotic themes. It comes as something of a surprise to some therefore to discover that he also created mural decorations for a number of churches. The book above was reprinted in 1994 to mark the 30th anniversary of his death and includes a series of photos of the unique and peculiar decorations at St Pierre, Villefranche-sur-mer on the Riviera. The actual murals have colour in them and Google will help you find hundreds of photos of them if you want to see them in that way but I think the black and white of these reproductions actually has something rather fine about them.
I am a bookcollector, bookdealer, publisher and writer living in Portsmouth on the South Coast of the UK.
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