For Jacques Prévert, Saint-Paul de Vence was a refuge far from the hustle and bustle of Paris. During fifteen years of village life, he nurtured friendships with the greatest artists of the day, wrote dialogues for the movies, and produced what was possibly his finest writing…
Jacques Prévert discovered Saint-Paul de Vence in 1941, drawn to the French Riviera by his screenwriting when the Victorine Film Studios in Nice were in full swing.
He settled in La Résidence (now the Café de la Place), which at the time was a village inn, before crossing the square to hang his hat in the Colombe d'Or.
Paul Roux, owner of the Colombe d'Or, Prévert and Pablo Picasso formed a trio of very good friends; many collages by Prévert still decorate the walls of the famous inn.
Other celebrities from the movie industry followed Prévert to the village, including film makers Henri-Georges Clouzot and André Cayatte.
After the war, Jacques Prévert and his wife Janine rented La Miette, a small house in the centre of the village, before moving into L'Ormeau, a property on the edge of the village, until the mid 1950s.