Sempé – An Artsit in the City

Semur-en-Auxois ·

07.07.17 → 03.12.17

The medieval city of Semur-en-Auxois is hosting works by Jean-Jacques Sempé, the father of Little Nicolas. About thirty of his enlarged drawings are hanging on the walls of the city center until December 2017.
For this second edition of AN ARTIST IN THE CITY, the association Les Amis de la Fontaignotte and the City of Semur-en-Auxois, have defined a route that visitors and art lovers can follow thanks to a road map, to discover the works, in the open air, of this cartoonist with an elegant humor, with a lively spirit, staging our morals and habits “so French” through funny situations of life with a stroke of unparalleled pencil.
Jean-Jacques Sempé known as Sempé was born on August 17, 1932 in Bordeaux. At the age of 18 he moved to Paris. He scoured the theaters and, in 1951, sold his first drawing to Sud-Ouest. His meeting with René Gossigny coincided with the beginning of a dazzling career as a press cartoonist. With Little Nicolas, he creates an unforgettable gallery of portraits of awful kids.
Parallel to the adventures of Petit Nicolas, he begins his collaboration with Paris Match in 1957.


Les Amis de la Fontaignotte
41 rue de la Fontaignotte
21140 Semur-en-Auxois

Entrée libre


Marie-Laure Girardon
+33 1 42 33 93 18


Dossier de presse (pdf, in French only)