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Artist: Jean Cocteau, French (1889-1963)

Plate: MR.05

Title: Chapelle St. Pierre

Description: Condition A
Original lithograph, backed on linen
Printed by Mourlot in Paris 1957
Signed in the stone.
On Arches paper.

Sheet Size: 21 in x 30 in
  53 cm x 76 cm
Terms of Sale

Price: Sold

Jean Cocteau

Villefranche sur Mer is situated near Nice, right in the heart of the most beautiful and rich part of the Côte d'Azur. Its superb harbour is known to be one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Over-looking the hills and luxurious residences, Villefranche is one of the most exclusive spots on the cote d'Azur.

Chapel Saint-Pierre

The ornamentation of the Chapel Saint-Pierre,
in Villefranche sur Mer, the jewel of the modern and mystic art, was a dream cherished for a long time by Jean Cocteau. He kept it as a project for more than ten years before devoting many months to this work, full of inspiration, in 1957. The craftsmen of Villfranche, ceramicists and stone cutters, participated in the achievement, led by the genius of Cocteau. Like the creations of romanesque art, this work has the most humble fervour, and the expression of the most denuded faith. It represents at the same time, the apostles life, the village dear to his childhood, and his friendship for the fishermen to whom the chapel has been dedicated.

Fernand Mourlot

During the 1950s the renowned French printer, Mourlot Freres, printed most of the "original" posters of the most important artists of the day. Including Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Matisse, Miro, Leger, and Dufy.

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