— Jean Cocteau’s Avant-Garde Chapel Murals

Thanks to donations, these beautiful murals in the church of Notre Dame de France in Soho, painted by Jean Cocteau, have been restored and will be inaugurated tomorrow.

Many of us may not have even been aware of the existence of the Catholic church just off Leicester Square, let alone of the remarkable series of murals painted by Cocteau in 1959, but no one can deny that they are beautiful.

 

Jean Cocteau was as a french poet, film-maker, novelist, playwright and artist but also as the bisexual, opium-addict and sympathiser with the surrealist movement and, for a time, the Nazis.

 

His work was commissioned in a postwar climate of enlightenment in which churches experimented with avant garde.

 

Via: FT, The Observer

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