Le dessinateur et illustrateur français Tomi Ungerer est décédé

11 Février, 2019, 02:35 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Tomi Ungerer artiste protéiforme et subversif entre illustration jeunesse et dessin érotique

Le dessinateur, auteur et illustrateur français Tomi Ungerer, est mort à 87 ans dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi à Cork, en Irlande, au domicile de sa fille. "Il est décédé dans la nuit".

L'annonce de cette triste nouvelle est faite par le premier adjoint au maire de Strasbourg en charge de la Culture, Alain Fontanel, et son ancien conseiller, Robert Walter et relayée par le site Franceinfo.

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"Pour moi, s'il devait y avoir un paradis, ce serait une bibliothèque", confiait à l'AFP en 2016 Tomi Ungerer. L'artiste est bien connu pour ses ouvrages de littérature pour jeunes et enfants comme: Les Trois Brigands, Le Géant de Zéralda, Jean de la Lune, Otto, Pas de baiser pour maman, Flix, Le Nuage bleu, etc... dont le dernier titré "Ni Oui Ni Non'', a été publié en mars 2018 à l'école des loisirs en France". Il se définissait comme un "sans-bacho", s'étant "élevé par la lecture" et un "pessimiste joyeux". Son oeuvre est riche de 30 000 à 40 000 dessins. L'artiste alsacien a aussi marqué les esprits à travers des dessins érotiques, des peintures satiriques et des affiches politiques. Tomi Ungerer a donné plus de 11 000 dessins originaux, des sculptures, des jouets et des livres au musée qui lui est consacré à Strasbourg, sa ville natale. Il est contre la ségrégation raciale, la guerre au Vietnam, le nucléaire, l'élection de Donald Trump ... et a travaillé aussi bien en français qu'en anglais et en allemand. Né en 1931 dans une famille d'horlogers, Tomi Ungerer - Jean-Thomas de son vrai prénom - a pourtant grandi dans une atmosphère très sombre.

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