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Pasquier, Jacqueslocked

French, 20th century, male.

Born 9 April 1932, in Caen.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver, lithographer, illustrator, sculptor. Scenes with figures, landscapes. Murals, church decoration, stage costumes and sets.

Jacques Pasquier built up an entomological collection from 1946 to 1956, while also drawing comic strips. He started oil painting in 1950. From 1954 to 1956, he lived in Paris, then moved to Caen, where he created the Galerie Cadomus and exhibited his own works. He closed the gallery in 1962. He travelled frequently, visitng Morocco (1967), Bulgaria, Senegal and the Netherlands (1984), Majorca (1986) and New York (1987).

From 1961, he created sets and costumes for the Théâtre de l'A de Caen. In 1963, he decorated the church in Neufmarché (Seine-Maritime). He engraved the collection entitled Apes ( Singes) (1968); provided the mural for the faculty of law in Caen (1972); published an edition of a collection of lithographs on the theme of the Stations of the Cross (1976); and illustrated Ovid's The Metamorphosis of Iphis (1981).

Whether drawing 'little men', collecting insects or flirting with Abstraction, Jacques Pasquier has his own unmistakable style. It is essentially graphic, even when it is in colour, and it is not difficult to detect the origins of his sculpture in the comic strip. Two features are constantly present: firstly, the rhythmic repetition of the same motif festooning the entire surface of the support, a process reminiscent of Escher; and secondly, the humorous character of his drawing, with its origins in Expressionism, depending not on narrative humour but on the intrinsic humour of the drawing itself.

Pasquier contributed to collective exhibitions from 1960, including; 1971, Salon Grands et Jeunes d'Aujourd'hui, Paris; 1973 and 1978, The Contemporary Print ( L'Estampe Contemporaine), Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; 1974 and 1975, FIAC (Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain), Paris; 1976, Salon de Mai, Paris; 1982, Salon Comparaisons, Paris; and 1984, Festival de l'Érotisme à la Gare de la Bastille, Paris. He also had solo shows, including: 1956-1962 at the Galerie Cadomus in Caen; 1965, Caen; 1967, paintings and engravings at the Théâtre-Maison de la Culture, Caen; 1968, Musée Baron Gérard, Bayeux; 1969, St-Aubin (Switzerland); 1970, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, and Geneva; 1972, 1974, 1976 and 1978, Honfleur; 1978, Caen; 1981, Rheims; 1982, retrospective at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen; 1984, Gabrovo (Bulgaria); 1985, Municipal Theatre, Caen; 1986, Musée de Trouville; 1988, Musée du Château, Flers; 1989, Mönchengladbach; 1990, New York; 1992, Galerie Sabine Herbert, Paris; and 1999, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen.

Auction Records

Paris, 24 April 1988: Man and Woman Meeting in a Meadow (1973, oil on canvas, 54¼ × 48½ ins/138 × 123 cm) FRF 13,000

Paris, 29 Nov 1989: Figures against an Ochre Background (1960, oil on canvas, 28 × 39¾ ins/71 × 101 cm) FRF 8,500

Neuilly, 10 May 1990: Woman and Dog Running toward the Light (1977, oil on canvas, 74¾ × 55 ins/190 × 140 cm) FRF 13,000


  • Jacques Pasquier, exhibition catalogue, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen, 1982.
  • Jacques Pasquier, Dessins, exhibition catalogue, Musée de Trouville, Trouville, 1986.
  • Jacques Pasquier, exhibition catalogue, Théâtre d'Hérouville, Hérouville, 1990.
  • Jacques Pasquier, exhibition catalogue, Oude Ursulakerk, Warmenhuizen (NLD), Association des amis de Jacques Pasquier, Caen, 1991.
  • Jacques Pasquier. L'Œuvre gravée 1957-1998, exhibition catalogue, catalogue raisonné, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen, 1999.