Villefranche sur Mer, Chapelle St Pierre



Villefranche sur Mer, Chapelle St Pierre



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Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)




lithograph printed by Mourlot


29.5 x 20 in. (75 x 52 cm.)


This is Jean Cocteau’s original travel poster for Villefranche sur Mer, Chapelle St Pierre. The French painter, poet, novelist, film director, ballet scenario writer and playwright (1889-1963) loved to watch the port, with its sometimes leisurely, sometimes bustling pace. After the roaring 20s, when he cured his opium addiction here and, as he put it, haunted the place with his Parisian friends, he returned time and again. He revealed that he spent the “best time” of his life in Villefranche.

The poster was produced by Atelier Mourlot, a fine art lithographic printers who, in the early 20th century, invited some of the most celebrated artists of the time to the studio to collaborate on traditional stone lithography. Artists such as Braque, Calder, Chagall, Dufy, Léger, Matisse, Miró and Picasso worked with Mourlot to produce visually striking lithographs that were used as posters to promote the artists’ work or exhibitions and pasted up all over cities. Today, these beautifully lithographed posters make the perfect interior decoration and are collectable works of art in their own right.

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