Marianne de Cocteau


23 February 1960, France
Marianne by Jean Cocteau
engrave: Albert Decaris

I visited Notre Dame de France in Soho, after reading about a fresco by Jean Cocteau.  Drawings are free, poetic, calm but somehow humorous.  He also made a fresco in the church of Milly-la-Foret near Paris, where he spent his last years, and two years before he died he designed a stamp.  I love this stamp and its chic lightness, which contrasts with the country’s heavy history.

ジャン・コクトーの描いたフランス共和国の象徴「マリアンヌ」。池澤夏樹の『異国の客』でコクトーが教会に壁画を残したことを知り、ロンドンのソーホーにある教会 Notre Dame de Franceのものを見に行きました。ユーモアをたっぷり含む軽やかな線描を、1959年末に8日間滞在して彼自身が描いたのだそうです。独特の「軽やかさ」とヘビーなフランスの歴史の対比が、大好きなこの切手の妙なのではないかと思います。

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