Serge Chapleau publishes the retrospective Since my beginnings. The thick large format collection shows the talent of the cartoonist from La Presse, but it is also a window on what has marked Quebec during this half-century.
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Karine Tremblay La Tribune Serge Chapleau is used to seeing his cartoons live on glossy paper. For 27 autumns now, The Chapleau year, which he has published, has brought together an anthology of his best drawings. He is accustomed, therefore, to leaf through a book in which his ideas and his pencil stroke shine. But this time it's something else. The collection Since my beginnings illustrates the entire career of the cartoonist from La Presse. In summary, the book traces nearly 50 years of career; five decades during which the Montreal artist has tracked down the news. Politicians, artists, athletes and other actors in the public arena trembled under the lead of his ruthless expression.
“It's special, it takes me back to the days of my youth, when I was still looking for my way. We talk about my time on Perspectives and Le Devoir, we also cover Laflaque's period, which lasted 15 years on Radio-Canada TV. “
The 304-page brick is launched at the same time as a large retrospective exhibition is being held at the McCord Museum in Montreal until March 7, 2021.
“All my drawings are stored at the McCord Museum. We're talking about 7,000 caricatures… The exhibition was initially supposed to start on April 15, but since we were in the midst of a pandemic, we delayed. The whole exhibition is in the book. The paper we have chosen is of high quality, the printing is wonderful, but I admit that seeing the originals well framed, well lit, in a museum context, it allows you to appreciate the work like nowhere else. I have reviewed periods of my life. I drew nonstop, with pen and later with lead, for hours on end. I was completely crazy [laughs]! Normally, as a cartoonist, you find a style that is very, very light and easy that allows you to do multiple illustrations and keep up with the pace of daily publication. Me, I embarked on a drawing and I spent the day on it! “
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