1950 - 2000
Sketches and drawings
"In 1986 in Harlem - New York City, 30 years after my travels in Africa, I sought to absorb African-American culture. I was reading whatever I could on the subject, was taking walks in Harlem and was drawing sketches looking at the Black Entertainment TV channel. I was watching concerts, broadcasts of musicians and singers as well as films, all realised and featured by black Americans. I tried to draw sketches notwithstanding the speed of images. My head full of pictures and with the sketches under my arm, I could start constructing what would become “my” monoprints.
Having landed in western Africa in 1956, I was stunned by the faces and dresses of women. Whether of the Peules, Mossis or Toucouleurs tribes, the indigenous women selling fruits and vegetables at the market place were posing with amazing natural grace. To make drawings of them was a first step towards a culture of which I had everything to learn."