|Waiting for Sempé|
Luckily for us, all this must have taught him to look for the humor in the world around him because that is what his art is based on: the little detail, the person in the crowd... and a certain loneliness. It definitely gave him subject matter for his young "Petit Nicolas", who became the hero of a series of books he illustrated, with René Goscinny (of Astérix fame) writing the text.
But before them both came Monsieur Lambert, sketched in the typically French setting of the café-bistro where talk skips from politics to sport to food, but always seems to return to women and love.
Sempé has always been wild about jazz (especially Charlie Parker, it seems). "Like jazz, art is suggesting," he once said. And in his "suggestions" of jazz, he always suggests tenderly, with respect.
The teenagers, all dressed in black, seemed to be age-appropriately bored with it all. They’ll only realize what they’ve missed when they’re much older.
extended until March 31
Daily, except Sunday and holidays,
10 am to 7 pm
Hôtel de Ville
5 rue Lobau (on back side of bldg)
75004 - Paris
And it’s free! As are all of City Hall’s exhibits. Which are getting more and more interesting and culturally accessible. Whoever is now holding the Exhibit Curator job certainly has it down pat.