Jean-Pierre Autheman’s exhibition
Jean-Pierre Autheman is quite a character. After a start as a press draftsman, close to Wolinski and with the support of Pierre Desprogres, he went from press draftsman to cartoonist. Pure arlesian, confirmed jazz musician, he is an amazing scenarist. Jean-Pierre Autheman pleased us with his political drawings every Sunday, in the weekend edition of La Provence, the newsfeed of the little Gallo-Roman city. I begged that old grumpy friend to expose his drawings at the gallery, but without any success. I found them so funny, spiritual and fundamentally Arlesian. Up to the day of our last lunch together, when he arrived with an envelope under his arm. “These old tricks belong to you on the sole condition that you only show them once I would have died.” A collision of good and bad news. I was deeply touched while dreaming that he would be the one to bury me. Life decided for us and he left first. We are going to show you a series of drawings describing the events (or not) that rock the Provencal community.