1932 Rémy Lejeune (artist name Rémy Ladoré) is born October 7th in Montrouge, he has two brothers, Jérôme et Philippe, six and eight years older, respectively.
1939 War breaks out, civilians leave their homes, the city is bombarded, the occupation and the liberation : Lejeune’s early works will be marked by these events.
1942 He learns to play the piano. For a period of one year, he works eight hours a day, Rémy pursues this art, playing Mozart and sonatas by Beethoven and Bach.
1947 At the age of 15, his love of drawing leads to a decision to move to Paris. He joins the Académie Charpentier to prepare for the competition to enter the École nationale supérieure des Métiers d’Art. Successful, he will study at Metiers d’Art for three years and learn among other things porcelain painting.
1952 He registers with the Académie Julian to continue to draw.
1955 His first engraving Spring is published by Pierre Cailler, « La guilde de la gravure ».
1956 His first Paris exhibition is held in the Galerie Guenéguaud and receives great critical Acclaim. In the Wake of this exhibition, his first illustrations-pen and ink drawings appear in the Magazine l’Information artistique (during three years) and Marcel Sauvage writes an article on the artist entitled Puissance et variété du dessin.
1957-59 He exhibits his drawings and first engravings at the Club du Panthéon in Paris. He participates in a group show, Pointe et burin, at the Galerie Vendôme. He designs and makes the entire decor for the exhibition of the Italian Chamber of Commerce.
1959-60 He illustrates Le Neveu de Rameau by Diderot and Le roman de Renart with two-tone woodcuts for the Éditions Bibliolâtres de France.
1961 In competition for the 1960 Prix de Rome, Remy Lejeune’s project is selected by the Publisher /printer for book collecting Pierre Bricage to illustrate, with original engravings, Boileau’s complete works in five volumes (1962). This represents a total of 65 original engravings executed entirely with a burin, and 39 display letters created by woodcuts.
1962 He registers for the Prix de Rome (engraving) and obtains third Place.
1965 Rémy Lejeune works for a Company specialized in stands decoration, designing and fabricating decors. As a decorator, he creates prototypes of his designs and decorative panels. He has to use a spray gun until 1978, this works is the major cause of his illness, which was detected too late. During the thirteen years he worked as a decorator, he continued to draw in the evenings after working long days or in the morning before going to work.
1979 He has 12 drawings printed: The different Loves or Moments of Paradise (limited edition)
1981 Rémy Lejeune adopts the pseudonym Rémy Ladoré taking his inspiration from a Group of three musical notes from Beethoven’s Tenth Sonata (« La », « Do », « Ré », are french musical notes for « A », « C », « D »).
1987 His talents are recognized and he obtains a position as professor of drawing and painting for the City of Paris (adult classes) through the intermediary of R. Forgas (painter and professor) with Jean Cardot (sculptor and member of the Institut).
1988 He completes a Collection of engravings : Fragments of Happiness nearing Bliss, which he exhibits at the « Salon d’Automne », held in the Grand Palais. Through 1992, he continues his engravings, decorative Projects and paintings, in addition to the classes he gives.
1989 one-man exhibition at the Taylor Foundation, organized by Françoise Pujes, of the Information and Communication department of Cultural Affairs.
1994 He exhibits the engraving made for a text by Racine (1962 for the Prix de Rome competition) and the Boileau engravings at the Salon des Artistes Français, On Easter of 1994, death of his brother Jérôme Lejeune, professor of fundamental genetics, member of the Institut, Academy of Sciences in several countries and internationally famous for his discovery concerning the trisomy 21.
1996 Despite his suffering and the travel required for the treatment of his illness, he agrees to an exhibit. On the recommendation of the engraver Mathieux-Marie, Madeleine Flaschner, president of « Pointe et burin », invites him to exhibit with other artists, including Ciry, Mathieux-Marie, Houplain, Marage, in a galery on Rue Saint-Honoré, he insists on delivering his works himself. Rémy Lejeune left us on july 17th (Paris).