Jean Jullien illustrates the French heat wave

Having moved back to France, the artist and Phaidon author captures summer on the continent with accuracy and wit
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Jean Jullien's take on the French heat wave. All images courtesy of his Instagram, @jean_jullien
Jean Jullien's take on the French heat wave. All images courtesy of his Instagram, @jean_jullien

The mercury may have dipped in France since last Friday, when temperatures peaked at 45.9 Celsius (114.62 Fahrenheit) - making it the hottest day in France on record – yet the experience lives on.

 

One of Jean Jullien's recent surfing images
One of Jean Jullien's recent surfing images

The artist, children’s author and illustrator Jean Jullien moved back to France earlier this year, and has devoted at least some of his time – when he isn’t creating new clothing lines, staging gallery exhibitions, or making new children’s books – to capture a little contemporary Gallic life.

His culinary take on the French heat wave – posted on his Instagram - certainly expresses a lot of the discomfort he and his countrymen experienced. Yet there are other, more charming takes on the continental summer.


Summer trains by Jean Jullien
Summer trains by Jean Jullien

Consider the way he pictures leisurely summer trains; look closely at this picture and you’ll see another passenger peering through the gap at his fellow traveller’s tablet screen; we’ve all been there.

For a more refreshing take on the summer break, take a look at Jullien’s surf images, created for a recent show at the Chandran Gallery in San Francisco; surely that's the seaside adventure we all dream of? Though he’s also posted a salutary reminder for those trying to get beach-body ready, employing that most French of foodstuffs – and bête noire of the crash dieter – bread.

 

Jean Jullien's take on the fantasy and the reality of beach body preparation
Jean Jullien's take on the fantasy and the reality of beach body preparation

You can see plenty more of his wonderful posts on Instagram, and also buy his beautiful children's books here.

 

Why the Face by Jean Jullien


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