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.

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(Impulse purchase)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm

180 €

“Impulse purchase! What use will a lawnmower be to you,
you don’t have a garden?”
“We can keep on dreaming! You bought yourself a bra
and you have nothing to put in it!”

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(Bus strike)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“Strike-breakers!”
“No! United users!”

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(Pedestrian center)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“A pedestrian center…”
“It changes life!”

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(Women on the move)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“Raymonde! Do I turn the gas down under the pot-au-feu?”
“Take your own responsibilities!”

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(Save our bees)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“As a honey lover, he was keen on joining the movement.” 

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(Hollande)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“What can you expect from Hollande’s election?”
“The rain!”

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(The vote)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“That’s really kind of you to take me to vote!..”
“Don’t tell me for who, I might regret it!”

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(Depardon)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“I wonder why the President has chosen Depardon for his official portrait ?”
“Because he is a regular photographer!”

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(Clothing donations)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“If I don’t do it when I have the chance, I forget!!”

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(Garage sale)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“The blue bin is for your wastes, the yellow one for paper and plastic,
and then the red one, what is it for?”
“It’s for Sunday’s garage sale!”

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(Camargue horses)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“What do they have that we don’t?”
“A backtracking!”

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(Electoral registers)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“I see you have a pied-à-terre in Saintes-Maries de la Mer…”

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(Mireieto’s* studio)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“Once I’m the Queen, I will take actions for the homeless!”
“It’s not your electorate, my dear!”

*Provencal word that symbolizes the passage from childhood to teen years.

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(Epiphany)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“Why are you saying ‘a fair change of fortune’?”
“Because you’ve never managed to get elected as the Queen of Arles!”

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(Van Gogh Foundation)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“Sorry, it’s by invitation-only!”

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(Parc des Ateliers)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“It is the great reconciliation between the Rencontres de la Photographie
and the Parc des Ateliers !”
“Mr Hébel, Mrs Hoffmann, a little smile.”
“No picture!”

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(Easter legend)
Felt pen drawing, 21 x 29,7 cm
180 €

“I never come for Easter because red sparks the bulls!”
“Another legend with a commercial purpose!”

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