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An Astounding Suite of Stained Glass Windows by Jean Cocteau in a Small Romanesque Church in Metz, France
The great surrealist artist, Jean Cocteau designed a superb suite of 24 stained glasss windows in 1962 in the Saint-Maximin Church, a catholic parish church located in the Outre-Seille neighborhood of the Old City of Metz in Moselle. Actualized by the Ateliers Brière, the windows combine vibrant colors, mask like imagery of humanity and animals, and a conflation of modern and ethnographic patterns. The intimate and serene setting results in a transcendent and spiritual experience; a bit of visual exuberance within a state of tranquility, not dissimilar to the effect of the Matisse Chapel of the Rosary in Vence or of Le Corbusier's Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut in Ronchamp. It makes an interesting comparison to the far inferior Chagall windows in the famous Catherdral of Metz, Saint-Étienne de Metz. Pictures of the windows are here: For art lovers Metz also offers the Centre Pompidou-Metz, a branch of the Pompidou in it's own architecturally significant new building
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