Jean Plantureux, who goes by the professional name Plantu, is a cartoonist specializing in political satire. His work has frequently appeared in the French newspaper Le Monde since 1972.
He says: “This trip to the U.S. will give me the opportunity to meet American cartoonists and learn how they work. Wherever I go, I have a habit of probing my colleagues in order to better understand how much room for expression and creativity their respective countries allow them. In the U.S., I will try to figure out the line that cannot be crossed”. (full text).
Read in french /lire en français les 756 pdf-pages (if you are courageous /si vous etes courageux), de: ‘La Signification Politique des Dessins de PLANTU‘, (1972-2000).
Jean Plantureux, called PLANTU – France
For most readers of the French newspaper Le Monde, Plantu is an institution. His cartoons hit the front page of the paper almost daily and they usually set the tone for the news of the day. In that respect, he is also an exception. In the French news media, images have become overwhelming and cartoons are often, if not always, relegated to the editorial pages … (full text Febr. 19, 2007).
In Turkey his art is featured in the Festival of the Caricature in Ankara in 2001. In 2002 he meets in Paris with the secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan to discuss the upcoming meeting of the international news cartoonists in Paris. A thesis is published by Remi Pézerat entitled “La signification politique des dessins de Plantu (1972-2000)”(The political significance of cartoons by Plantu (1972-2000)). Plantu celebrates the publishing of his 15,000th cartoon and 30 years with Le Monde, and finally the creation of The official Plantu Site. In 2003 an exhibit of his drawing is opened at the Carnavalet Museum. Towards the end of the year another exhibit is opened at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, and a street exhibit is hosted in Angers. In 2004 his drawings are shown to the French National Assembly in February, and the publication of his 40th book “Ils pourraient dire merci!” On February 3, 2006 he responded to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy by publishing a drawing in the first page of Le Monde representing Muhammad using many copies of the sentence “I may not draw Muhammad”. (full text).
His Homepage in french (but much is shown by drawings;
Bio, steps of life;
Books publications (40 since 1978);
Actuality, by text, videos, pictures;
Articles (still with many drawings);
LONG FILMs (about 1 hour);
In 1998, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNESCO published brochures illustrated by Plantu. He has also drawn for the magazines “Phosphore” and “L’Express”. He won the Mumm prize for dark humor as well as the Spanish trophy of the Gat Perich prize, an international prize for caricatures. (full text).
At this presentation, there were a few poignant works and the audience broke into a warm applause after Plantu depicted … (full text).
Aljazeera.net’s award-winning political cartoonist has teamed up with Le Monde’s renowned cartoonist Plantu to hold their first joint exhibition in the Qatari capital, Doha. Organised by the French Cultural Centre, the exhibition of works by Shujaat Ali and Jean Plantureux attracted a diverse audience as soon as it opened. (full text).
Read: Une conversation avec Jean Plantureux (aka Plantu).
Plantu on the Caroline Imbert blog.