Monday, October 24, 2011

The drawings of Sempé at the Hôtel de Ville

Couverture du New Yorker*

The "Sempé, A Bit of Paris" exhibition invites you to look at the world through the eyes of Jean-Jacques Sempé. Over 300 original drawings, together with texts by the author, will be on display at Hôtel de Ville. From 21 October to 11 February.

Translated into twenty-five languages and the creator of several thousand drawings, Jean-Jacques Sempé is one of the most famous French cartoonists. He has managed to reach every generation over the last fifty years.
More than 300 original drawings, together with texts by Jean-Jacques Sempé, will give visitors to the Hôtel de Ville the opportunity to appreciate the wealth and brilliance of a rich yet undemanding body of work, between humour and poetry.

Sempé soon settled on the Left Bank when he arrived in Paris. Between Montparnasse and Saint-Germain des Prés, he roved curiously around the locations which brought him out of his shell (Chez Lipp brasserie, the Café de Flore, the Closerie des Lilas restaurant, the Chez Castel club, the Luxembourg Garden, etc.) and became friends with Françoise Sagan, Jacques Tati, Jacques Prévert, Raymond Savignac, René Goscinny and others. Read more.

*Crédits photo : © J.-J. Sempé, Sempé à New York, Éditions Denoël / Éditions Martine Gossieaux

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