Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Vogue 2019

Edmonde Charles-Roux (1920-2016)

By Ernest Pignon-Ernest (Nice, 1942)

Charcoal and dry pastel

"She embodied a period of French intellectual life. Woman of letters, woman of commitment, resistant, she had an elegance of thought, an intelligence of course. I wanted my drawing to tell this superb, this splendid maturity, this authority, this awareness of the time she was carrying. »

Resistance fighter, muse of Aragon and friend of Orson Welles, winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1966 for his book Oublier Palerme, Edmonde Charles-Roux was appointed editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine at the age of only thirty (from 1954 to 1966). She overturned the magazine's approach in favor of a feminist and committed editorial line, bringing the most innovative artists of the time to the forefront: novelist Violette Leduc, photographer William Klein, and designers Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.