Inventive, poet, artist, actor, witness committed to freedom and freedoms, the great cartoonist Georges Wolinski murdered in 2015 is celebrated by the School of Fine Arts in Paris. On this occasion, 41 drawings donated by his family are presented, joining the museum's prestigious collection alongside Leonardo da Vinci's grotesque heads or Daumier's drawings and engravings and a number of other masterpieces that the School regularly conserves and exhibits.
The ensemble reveals aspects of Wolinski's work that are sometimes less well known. Indeed, alongside the famous press drawings designed for Hara Kiri in the 1960s or those for Charlie Hebdo in the 2010s, appear the metaphysical questioning drawings of his early years filled with a delicate and desperate poetry.
The sheets chosen with the family also reveal the traces, marks, erasures, collage corrections and annotations highlighting for the viewers and students of the School the skillful work of the artist, his requirement, his complex techniques that support a drawing apparently fast and casual. What elegance!
The exhibition is complemented by a wonderful and little-known film, Le Beau Pays, shown at the opening and every Wednesday at 6pm in the mulberry amphitheater. Funny, grating, moving, this short film co-directed by Georges Wolinski and Michel Boschet carries very current reflections on the relationship between men and women and our relationship with nature. A Georges Wolinski study notebook accompanies the exhibition. It is introduced by Philippe Lançon, Prix Femina 2018 for his book Le Lambeau, who shared with him friendship and work at Charlie Hebdo. He analyzes and pays tribute to the man who "changed the nature and meaning of press cartoons but also the balance of power between drawing and writing."