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“When I was little, fooling around was my only distraction”. Sempé was born on 17 August 1932 in Bordeaux. A somewhat bad student, he was expelled for indiscipline and started working, taking on a variety of jobs: Jack-of-all-trades with a wine broker, monitor at a school holiday camp, etc. At 18, he decided to go to Paris. He did the rounds of the editorial rooms and, in 1951, sold his first drawing to the newspaper Sud-Ouest. His meeting with Goscinny coincided with the launch of a dazzling career as newspaper cartoonist. His first collection of drawings appeared in 1962: Rien n’est simple (Nothing is simple). This was followed by about thirty more, all humurous mas- terpieces beautifully reflecting his tender and ironic vision of our flaws and those of the world around us. Sempé is one of the rare cartoonists to have illustrated the covers of the very prestigious The New Yorker, and is currently entertaining millions of readers in Paris Match. 

Martine Gossieaux opened a gallery in 1992 dedicated to her passion since childhood: cartooning. The one that interests him most is the timeless, elegant design. She is the agent and publisher of Sempé with whom she has been working since the 1980s. The gallery exhibits the artist's original drawings every year at 56 rue de l'Université in Paris. 
Until March 31, 2020, the exhibition "Sempé, itinéraire d'un dessinateur d'humour", which includes nearly 250 original drawings, is on display at Atelier Grognard in Rueil-Malmaison. 
The Sempé Collection published by Image Republic in collaboration with Galerie Martine Gossieaux is exclusive, these drawings are available in 30x40 cm and 40x50 cm prints, notebooks and postcards. 

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