Jean-Jacques Sempé

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Le journal, 2012

Pen and ink
34,5 cm x 26 cm
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L´amateur d´art IV, 2010

Pen and ink drawing
32 cm x 35 cm
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Nostalgie, 1983

Pen, ink and watercolor
63 cm x 48 cm
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Vacances, 2009

Ink, pencil and watercolor
27 cm x 20 cm
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Plein été, 2010

Pen, ink and watercolor
35 cm x 29 cm
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Tard le soir, 2011

Pen, ink and watercolor
31 cm x 26 cm
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Victor Cousin, 2013

Pen, ink and watercolor
27 cm x 21 cm
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Anne-Solange Bertheret-Vidal, 2011

Pen, ink and watercolor
31,5 cm x 28,3 cm
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Hector Duprez, Violiniste, 2010

Pen, ink and watercolor
31 cm x 24 cm
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Statues et oiseaux dans le parc, 2002

Pen and watercolor
43 cm x 38 cm
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D´après Nature, 2003

Ink and watercolor
60 cm x 50 cm
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“On peut dire…” in The New Yorker, 1980

Ink and watercolor
62 cm x 52 cm
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Riviera, 2010

Pen, ink and watercolor
26,5 cm x 20 cm
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Premier Soleil, 2010

Pen, ink and watercolor
34 cm x 40 cm
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Au bord de l´eau, 2011

Pen, ink and watercolor
33,5 cm x 28 cm
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Fin de Matinée, 2010

Pen and watercolor
31 cm x 25 cm
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Sur le quai, 2011

Pen, ink and watercolor
35 cm x 27 cm
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Marthe Bouleau-Lefranc, 2011

Pen, ink and watercolor
29,5 cm x 22 cm
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Léon Aubertot, 2012

Pen, ink and watercolor
27,5 cm x 20 cm
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Gaston Duchaussoix, 2011

Pen, ink and watercolor
28 cm x 23 cm
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Une côte raide, 2008

Pen and watercolor
24 cm x 30 cm

Born in 1932

Jean-Jacques Sempé was born in Bordeaux in 1932. Having been expelled from college, he failed to pass entrance examinations for the Post Office, a bank and the French Railways.

Became an Artist
in Paris

Determined to be an artist in Paris, Sempé was elected to do his national service there. In 1952 he received an award to encourage young artists to turn professional. Thus began a career spanning so far more than half a century.

“Famous in the English-speaking world for his instantly recognisable New Yorker covers, Sempé is known and loved worldwide, with more than 30 collections of drawings published in 30 countries. His inimitable style and flair for satire and tragic-comic vision place him on a par with the American cartoonist James Thurber. Like every great artist, Sempé has created a world above and beyond specific cultural and political realities, a world populated by psychoanalysts, housewives, concert pianists, baffled lovers, dreamy married couples, long-faced, aquiline-nosed depressives who yearn to meet their maker in an unyielding, disinterested universe.” Miles Kington