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★ ICONIC PORTRAITS ★ by Arnaud Baumann

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Françoise Sagan

Françoise Sagan made her name at the age of 18 with Bonjour, tristesse, a novel that shocked readers with its freedom of tone, but won the Prix des Critiques.

Françoise Sagan was born Françoise Quoirez in the Lot region of France in 1935, and spent much of her life at religious colleges, from which she was regularly expelled for being free and undisciplined. She was an avid reader, devoting herself from adolescence onwards to Rimbaud, Proust and American novelists. She sent the manuscript of Bonjour tristesse, whose title was borrowed from Eluard, to several publishers, and was accepted by Julliard in the autumn of ’53. The book, published under a pseudonym chosen from Proust’s works, was awarded the Prix des Critiques the following year. The boldness of this young girl, which heralded the sexual liberation of the 60s, shocked many, and François Mauriac dubbed her Un charmant petit monstre, but it was a huge bestseller, selling 850,000 copies in the course of the year. Her second novel, Un certain sourire, appeared two years later. But too rich too soon, Françoise Sagan succumbed to the demons of alcohol, gambling and speed. She had a serious car accident in 1957 and became addicted to morphine. Her career as a novelist was crowned with success, but her books were criticized for their lightness and won no literary prizes, apart from the Prince Pierre de Monaco prize awarded in 1985 for her body of work. However, the books of essays she published in 1984, Avec mon meilleur souvenir, and in 1993, Et toute ma sympathie, were unanimously acclaimed. The end of her life was clouded by serious financial problems following a tax reassessment that left her ruined and her health increasingly shaky, worn down by excess. She died in 2004.

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Edition Edition of 26
10 XS – 20 x 20 cm | 7 S – 40 x 40 cm | 5 M – 60 x 60 cm | 3 L 80 x 80 cm | Single copy in XL 120 x 120 cm
Type of print Silver Base Print
Signature Signed and numbered on the back
Certificate of Authenticity Yes
Year of Creation 1981-2010
Fine Art Artist Arnaud Baumann

About ★ Iconic Portraits ★

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A timeless collection of celebrity portraits taken by Arnaud Baumann throughout his career. Moments captured by raw emotion, revealing the souls of icons in our society. Photographs which reveal the magic and power of the most famous stars of the last five decades, including but not limited to Isabelle Huppert, Sean Connery, Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffmann, David Lynch, Laetitia Casta, Jean Nouvel, Philippe Starck, Abbé Pierre, Emil Cioran, Marguerite Duras and Françoise Sagan.