Article published in L’Information artistique, #35, dec. 1956
[…] Rémy Lejeune (Ladoré) brings to mind both the medieval Flemish prints and the master of contemporary expressionism. Through his work, the german school Dürer, Cranach and Holbein remain alive […]
If drawing forms the basic alphabet of the fine arts, Lejeune, in my eyes, deserves a new prize for writing, a type of writing in which neither the graphic quality nor the fashionable abstraction of the moment is an end in and of itself.
It is a type of writing that defines meaning in space and captures a message. It has meaning, justifying its exaggerated format and delicacy. Yet it synthesizes meaning less than it creates a harmonious loop within a linear abundance, which is solidly supported and structured.
From the immediate realism to the natural or spontaneous surrealism that is expressed by arabesques, the work of this precise and ambitious illustrator is stamped with poetic humor, irony and intelligence, as well as with human sensuality in which dreams play a considerable role.
It has been a long time since I have seen qualities like these in an such a discreet artist. It seems to me that Rémy Lejeune also offers us the tempting promise of both a bawdy and manned ilustrator, a uncommonly and daring « classical » decorator.
Marcel Sauvage, french journalist and author.