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64 pages. Format 34.9 x 25.9 x 1.9 cm.


"A beautiful book-like picture book to discover the world through the colourful round of fruits, flowers, vegetables and animals that populate it... More than 50 fruits, flowers, vegetables and animals to discover in this very large format picture book to be put in all hands.

" In my childhood home there were cabbages, green beans, carrots, potatoes and a few 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 all those vivid sensations from my childhood and I like to bring them back 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, the Sèvre Nantaise. From the bottom of his parents' garden, he could see the Saint Martin farm, but he could also make out La Jarrie on the other bank, 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 belongs to one's childhood as one belongs to a country..."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It is also the memory of the nature of his youth, which is still very present, alongside the Italian primitives, art brut, 18th century anatomical engravings, the American painter Robert Zakanitch, surrealism and the Manufrance catalogues, among the great muses of the French illustrator and painter, and which gives his work a unique character.

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 before our dazzled eyes as tired city dwellers. A whole universe dreamed up in a few square metres...

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Martin Jarrie

A well-known painter and illustrator, Martin Jarrie works for the press and publishing industry, in France and abroad. In 1997 he won the Grand Prize at the International Illustration Biennial in 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 latest book, was published by Seuil Jeunesse. His next book "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.