Gérard Fromanger

Vogue 2019

Les femmes africaines

By Gérard Fromanger (Pontchartrain, 1939)

Thin pastel on paper

« I didn't paint the portrait of an idol, a charismatic person. I preferred to portray all the African women who, at the moment, touch me a lot. These anonymous women who are not in the light, these mothers, these lovers, these girls who make Africa and who sometimes die on these boats in front of Saint-Tropez. I wanted to pay homage to them in a kind of minimal lesson of color for children. I am not a militant. It's not extreme leftist. It's a simple, deep, human feeling. The idea of a universal message. »