A Little Bit of Paris by illustrator Jean-Jacques Sempé

Sempé’s work “A Little Bit of Paris”

Renowned New Yorker illustrator Jean-Jacques Sempé illustrates the quirky charm of Paris and its inhabitants with his signature style and gentle sense of humor and irony.

Sempé’s drawings are famed for their striking use of pen and ink, their inimitable style, and most of all for their satire and tragic-comic vision.

The 128 drawings in this charming portfolio are sweet and sentimental. They somehow manage to be gentle even when the topic is difficult. They probe the quirkiness of life in Paris and wordlessly pinpoint the quintessential features of Paris, creating a world peopled by lovers strolling along the Seine, culture mavens preening in the Louvre, and characters who are ready to see the comic and the light-hearted beyond life’s problems. Anyone who has fallen in love with Paris will be sure to cherish this charming keepsake. In this video (in French), Olivier Barrot presents Jean-Jacques Sempé’s work “A Little Bit of Paris” published by Gallimard.

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