Jean-Jacques Sempé 1932-2022

Jean-Jacques Sempé, the celebrated French cartoonist who illustrated the children’s book series Le Petit Nicolas and produced more covers for the New Yorker magazine than any other artist, has died aged 89.

Sempé’s acclaimed cartoons often showed small figures set in vast urban landscapes or contemplating the enormity of nature amid trees or gardens. “Sempé is France,” the Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk told Paris Match earlier this year. “Everything is there: irony and tenderness.”

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Image: ©Sempé/New Yorker, copy: The Guardian