FIAF is delighted to offer students from tri-state area schools a private guided visit of the FIAF Gallery exhibition, Signature Sempé, featuring a selection of artist Jean-Jacques Sempé’s most iconic works. During the tour, learn more about Sempé’s career, his incredible contributions to illustration, and the history of BDs (Bandes dessinées).
The exhibition will feature Sempé’s original drawings from his inaugural trip to New York, offering a unique glimpse into his first impressions of a city he would grow to admire. A large selection of Sempé’s original New Yorker covers will be included in the exhibition. In conjunction with FIAF’s Animation First 2023 festival, the exhibition will include quintessential drawings of Le Petit Nicolas, France’s beloved children’s book character created by Sempé and René Goscinny.
This FIAF Gallery visit can be extended to include a tour of FIAF’s Haskell Library.
In English or French
Jean-Jacques Sempé was born in 1932 at Pessac near Bordeaux, in south-west France. After publishing his first cartoon in 1951, he slowly grew in popularity, eventually becoming one of France’s most celebrated artists. Best known in France for his illustrations of the beloved children’s character, Le Petit Nicolas, the English-speaking world came to appreciate Sempé with his iconic New Yorker magazine covers.