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Maison Jean Cocteau

Restored and opened to the public, the famous French poet’s last abode offers hundreds of memories and at last reveals its discreet charm.

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Maison Jean Cocteau

Restored and opened to the public, the famous French poet’s last abode offers hundreds of memories and at last reveals its discreet charm.


Poet, writer, painter, playwright, filmmaker... Jean Cocteau was all of these. He remains above all one of the greatest artistic figures of the 20th century and the Pygmalion of numerous generations of artists.

After years of restoration, his private house in Milly-la-Forêt, where he lived during the final seventeen years of his life, is finally open to the public. Less than an hour from Paris, admirers or the curious can now enter the private world of this genial artist and discover the charming setting in which he greatest works were created.

A living museum in which you can find not only his private apartment (bedroom, office, main salon) but also a selection of graphic works of Cocteau’s succession: his own, and also pieces by Picasso, Warhol, Modigliani, Buffet and Man Ray. Not forgetting a mass of manuscripts, photographs, letters, newspapers and posters retracing the important moments of his life and his work. On the ground floor, you can even see screenings of his films and documentaries made about this extraordinary artist.

Landscape artist Loïc Pianfetti has turned the garden, orchard and wood into idyllic walks surrounded by water. Crossing the footbridges, you can discover flowerbeds, fruit trees and the chateau opposite. And as you leave the town, don’t miss the frescos which Cocteau painted in the Chapelle Saint-Blaise-des-Simples.


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