October 8, 2012

“I like work. I like idleness. I like all that I know (very little). I like on trust all that I know not (a very great deal). I like reading, good wine, talking to my friends (my wife says that I talk too much; she may be right). I like town, I like the country, the sea, and the mountains. I like travelling, sea voyages, boating, the theatre, walking, dancing, motoring, swimming, music, animals, pictures, flowers, and the sound of the horn. ‘Then you like everything?’ Yes, Madam, everything. That is why I am never bored. My conduct is seemly, my digestion still good. I pay landlord and taxes – I have no alternative! – and I never forget to vote.”

– Joseph Hémard, Joseph Hémard, a Short Autobiography (Paris, 1929).

Joseph Hémard: A Short Autobiography. 1929. Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library. Hémard’s self-portrait.

“ ‘And then I drew for books’: The Comic Art of Joseph Hémard,” curated by Farley P. Katz and Mike Widener, is on display Sept. 15 - Dec. 15, 2012, in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.

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