Catherine Meurisse joins the Academy of Fine Arts. - IBO / SIPA

The Academy of Fine Arts elected this Wednesday for the first time in its painting section a cartoonist, Catherine Meurisse, who worked for Charlie Hebdo for a time, announced the Institut de France.

Catherine Meurisse elected to the chair previously occupied by Arnaud d'Hauterives in the painting section of the Academy of Fine Arts.
The election to fill Jean Cortot's chair was white.

- Fine Arts Academy (@AcadBeauxarts) January 15, 2020

In a tweet, the Minister of Culture Franck Riester praised "great recognition for the ninth art". The designer is indeed one of the godmothers of "BD 2020", the year of the comic strip launched by the Minister. She is also in the running for the Grand Prix 2020 of the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Congratulations dear Catherine Meurisse 👏👏

A great recognition for the 9th art! # BD2020 @MinistereCC

- Franck Riester (@franckriester) January 15, 2020

First comic book published in 2005

Catherine Meurisse was elected on the 1st ballot in the chair previously occupied by Arnaud d'Hauterives (1933-2018). The painting section is now made up of eight members: Pierre Carron, Guy de Rougemont, Yves Millecamps, Philippe Garel, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Gérard Garouste, Fabrice Hyber and Catherine Meurisse.

Born in 1980, cartoonist of press, illustrator for youth and author of comic strip, her first publication as illustrator of comics dates from 2005, on a text by Alexandre Dumas Causerie on Delacroix.

Erudition and humor

The same year, she joined the Charlie Hebdo team . She also drew for Liberation , Causette , Télérama , L'Obs , illustrated children's books for Bayard, Gallimard, Nathan, Sarbacane, Phaidon, and drew for many youth magazines, such as Okapi , DLire , Wapiti or Eureka .

She has signed several comics combining erudition and humor, which are characterized by the dialogue between the arts: Mes Hommes de Lettres , Le Pont des arts , Moderne Olympia … Published in 2016, her comic strip La Légèreté , partly written during a short residency at the Villa Medici in Rome in 2015, tells of his return to life and to drawing, after the attack on Charlie Hebdo .

In 2017, as part of the “Concordan (s) e” festival, she created with the American choreographer DD Dorvillier a play that explores the myth of the Niobids. At Dargaud editions, she published in 2019 Drôles de femmes , in collaboration with Julie Birmant, a collection of portraits of women from the show, such as Yolande Moreau or Anémone.


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