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64 pages. Format 34.9 x 25.9 x 1.9 cm.


"An imagier with the appearance of a beautiful book to discover the world through the colorful round of fruits, flowers, vegetables and animals that populate it...More than 50 fruits, flowers, vegetables and animals to discover in this imagier with a very large format to put in all hands."

" In the house of my childhood grew cabbages, green beans, carrots, potatoes, and some fruit trees. At the end of the garden was a rabbit hutch, which I approached with fear, surprised by their sudden gallops. Flowers grew around the well (...) I now live in Paris, but I still carry within me all those vivid sensations of my childhood and I like to bring them to life in my paintings. "

At the beginning of Martin Jarrie was a landscape, that of the valley of the Sèvre in which flows this important tributary of the Loire that is the Sèvre Nantaise. From the bottom of his parents' garden, he could see the Saint Martin farm but also guess on the other bank, La Jarrie, where he lived his first years. His attachment to this childhood land was so strong that Martin Jarrie chose the names of these places as his pseudonym.

"One is of his childhood as one is of a country..."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It is also the memory of this nature of the young years, always very present, which côtoie the Italian primitives, the art brut, the anatomical engravings of the XVIIIth century, the American painter Robert Zakanitch, the surrealism and the catalogs of Manufrance, among the great muses of the illustrator and French painter and which gives to his work a single seal.

A small piece of garden, near the rabbit hutch, which is transformed into a cornucopia in " L'Imagier du vivant " to spread fruits, vegetables and animals under our dazzled eyes of tired city dwellers. A whole universe dreamed in a few square meters...

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Martin Jarrie

Painter and illustrator, Martin Jarrie works for the press and publishing, in France and abroad. In 1997 he won the Grand Prize of the International Illustration Biennial of Bratislava and two special mentions at the Bologna Children's Book Fair in 2010 for Hyacinthe et Rose (ed.Thierry Magnier) and in 2012 for Rêveur de cartes (ed.Gallimard Giboulées). He has been exhibited many times in France, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands. His paintings can be seen at the Museum of Illustration in Moulins and the Museum of Hunting and Nature in Paris.
His exhibition at the beginning of 2020 at the Belvedere Museum in the Netherlands was a great success.

L'Imagier du vivant, his last book, was published by Seuil Jeunesse. His next album "Les deux géants" will be published in October 2021 by HongFei.

He is represented in Paris by Arsenic Galerie, rue Guénégaud and by the Adorable Art & Design gallery in The Hague.