Cartoonist Jean Jacques Sempé is Inspired by Paintings and Pianos

Le 10 novembre 2020, par La Gazette Drouot

The French cartoonist, known throughout the world thanks to the adventures of Petit Nicolas, is a lover of painting and music. His heroes: Duke Ellington and... Leonardo da Vinci! 


What do you like most: painting, objects, photography?
Painting, but it would take three tons of books to explain my choice! I also love music: I always dreamed of being a pianist and playing with Duke Ellington...

An artist or work that has caught your eye recently?
Yuja Wang, whom I saw at the Philharmonic. A phenomenal pianist with huge capabilities: she really impressed me. And her beauty matches her talent!

A work you'd like to own?
The Mona Lisa, but I'm not sure Leonardo would be happy about that!

The artist who moves you most?
I admire so many! But the exhibition on Charlotte Perriand at the Vuitton Foundation, there are some paintings by Fernand Léger that blow me away.  

Do you prefer the FIAC or Biennale Paris?
FIAC, without any doubt: it has the feel of a luxury bazaar, which fascinates me. And it often makes me laugh or smile as I round a corner.

Is there a guiding theme behind your acquisitions?
A long time ago, I bought several humorous drawings by Steinberg, Chaval, Bosc and Steig. I remember paying a fair amount for them. But today, I want to kiss them each morning, although I'm envious of their talent!

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