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Maurice Grimaud French Children’s Book Illustrator

April 4, 2022

As often is the case, I find a wonderful artist and then can find very little information about them or their life. All I know is Maurice Grimaud was most fondly remembered for a series of mini books, called ‘I want to read’, that were used in French Primary Schools in the late 1960s. The 4 mini-books were entitled George’s red bike, Cécile and his dog, Gilberte and his doll and Guita & The Four Seasons.

His work reminds me a little of another French Illustrator Alain Grée. Because that is all I know about Maurice, I will leave you to browse his charming illustrations and let me know your thoughts at the end.

There’s a beautiful sense of time stopping and allowing our eyes to wander into his landscapes without having to rush. I love his slightly subdued colour palette too.

His work definitely looks like it’s from another era. It’s well observed and thoughtful and I feel that he either had a very creative imagination, or he spent a lot of time sketching within the community, documenting all that he saw go on around him.

There is also a series of illustrations featuring singing Cicadas !

His adult book covers look like this.

If anyone knows anymore information about this talented author, please drop me a line to let me know. Thank you.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2022 1:06 pm

    This is so fantastic! I am in love with these illustrations – thank you so much for introducing me to yet another amazing artist!

  2. Ailsa j permalink
    April 5, 2022 2:36 pm

    Thanks for another interesting post Craig. I had not come across Grimaud before. There is not really any biographical info that I have found either.
    I use various library references when researching including the Bibliothèque nationale de France:
    In case you are wondering about Sidonie Cigale she is a cicada (not a flea). 🙂

    • April 5, 2022 4:12 pm

      Thanks for checking too, also for correcting my wrongful Cicada referencing OOPS !

  3. April 6, 2022 1:34 am

    I always love your posts, this illustrator´s work is such a joy to look at.

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