VIGNES pépé (joseph VIGNES, known as)

1920 . paris . france

2007 . france


He was accordionist at the public balls, singer and worked odd jobs. As a young man he decided to leave the city following a strike in the factory where he was employed to settle in the village of Elne, in eastern Pyrenees. He began to create in 1960, at the age of forty, drawings in ballpoint pen, which he coloured and whose recurrent themes were flowers, boats, cars, planes, trains, churches, whales, fish, musical instruments, gas stoves and hearts. Suffering from severe myopia, he worked with his nose almost glued to his support, which consisted of sheets of paper, sometimes pieces of cardboard or plywood scraps. His entire house was full of drawings, meticulously ordered in plastic bags.