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Max Jacob exhibition


The early 20th-century poet Max Jacob was born in Quimper in 1876.
His talents as a poet were only revealed in 1901 after he met Picasso, but he was only known by the public once the famous Cornet à dés was published in 1917. The 2 visions of Christ that he had in 1909 and 1914 were decisive and he was baptised in 1915, with Picasso as his godfather. Tired of his hectic Parisian life, he moved to Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire in 1921. After a brief stay back in Paris, he moved here permanently in 1936 and devoted the rest of his life to writing and prayer, before being arrested then deported to Drancy on 24 February 1944. His friends could not save him, and Max Jacob died of pneumonia on 5 March 1944. He was buried at Saint-Benoît cemetery, according to his wishes, in 1949.



A poet in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire !

 photo Max Jacob méditant par Rogi Klein


You will find at the Tourist Office an ehibition on the life and the work of the poet.

44 rue Orléanaise
45730 Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire
Tel. : 00 33 (0)2 38 35 79 00
E-Mail :


See times at The Tourist Office of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire



The Association of Friends of Max Jacob

The Association of Friends of Max Jacob was founded in 1949 as a response to the poet’s death, and has around 200 members. It publishes a free newspaper, LETTRES & MOTS, and LES CAHIERS MAX JACOB which are included with membership or available by subscription. All the information is available at


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