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DEATH – Press cartoonist Kiraz, known in particular for his illustrations of “Parisiennes” published in numerous magazines, died on Tuesday at the age of 96, his partner told AFP.
“Edmond Kiraz, born in Cairo on August 25, 1923, passed away serenely at dawn on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, in his Parisian apartment in the 6th arrondissement of Paris that he loved so much,” confided Sabine Bastien, the companion of the ‘illustrator who drew for thirty years for Marcel Dassault’s weekly France days.
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With no artistic training, Kiraz (Edmond Kirazian) began his career as a political cartoonist and cartoonist in Egypt at the age of 17. “I have always drawn. I never did art studies, never! Also, it seems to me that it cuts everything! “He explained in 2011 in an interview published by the site. ActuaBD. Raised in a Francophile family of Armenian origin, he moved to Paris at the age of 22, immediately falling under the spell of the “Parisians” whom he saw as “dragonflies”.
Slender in silhouette, huge eyes, the “Parisiennes” sketched by Kiraz were sophisticated and terribly stereotypical, naive and pointless, concerned primarily with shopping and fashion. Indignant France days where he was hired directly by Marcel Dassault to “draw pretty women”, the designer worked in particular for Playboy, Paris party and fashion.
Many of his drawings have been published in collections mainly by Denoël. Her album Parisiennes marry (1994) was preceded by Carla Bruni.
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“The apparent lightness of his style was the result of hard work. Kiraz followed fashion by watching young women chewing on the street and the fashion world followed her posts. He was nailed to his drawing board, experimenting with harmonies of tones, always looking for the delicacy in the young woman while adorning his male subjects with awkward glances, ”said his partner.
Kiraz also worked for various advertising agencies illustrating with his “Parisiennes” the campaigns of brands such as Renault (for the Clio Chipie), Perrier, Canderel, Monoprix or even Nivéa. In 2008, the Carnavalet Museum in Paris paid tribute to her with an exhibition on her career.
“The Kiraz man was as exquisite as his designs. He only kept out of the world what he loved. He knew where it came from, knew that chaos, destruction, was the norm. So we had to charm the world, ”said his partner.
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