Claire Bretécher

Claire Bretécher (French: [bʁəteʃe];[1] 17 April 1940 – 10 February 2020)[2][3] was a French cartoonist, known particularly for her portrayals of women and gender issues. Her creations included Les Frustrés, and the unimpressed teenager Agrippine.

Claire Bretécher
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Claire Bretécher in 1973
Born(1940-04-17)17 April 1940
Nantes, France
Died10 February 2020(2020-02-10) (aged 79)
Area(s)artist / writer
Notable works
Salades de saison
Les Frustrés
Awardsfull list


Bretécher was born in Nantes[4] and got her first break as an illustrator when she was asked to provide the artwork for Le Facteur Rhésus by René Goscinny for L'Os à Moelle in 1963. She went on to work for several popular magazines and in 1969 invented the character "Cellulite". In 1972 she joined Gotlib and Mandryka in founding the Franco-Belgian comics magazine L'Écho des savanes.[5]

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she published successful collections, such as The Destiny of Monique (1982). In 2001, Bretécher's series Agrippine was adapted into a 26-episode TV series by Canal+.

Claire Bretécher was the widow of French constitutionalist Guy Carcassonne [fr] with whom she had a son.




  1. ^ Bande dessinée, Collection Idéologies et sociétés, Larousse, 1976, p. 76.
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  3. ^ Claire Bretécher biography on Lambiek Comiclopedia
  4. ^ De Weyer, Geert (2008). 100 stripklassiekers die niet in je boekenkast mogen ontbreken (in Dutch). Amsterdam / Antwerp: Atlas. p. 213. ISBN 978-90-450-0996-4.
  5. ^ BDoubliées. "L'Écho des savanes en 1972" (in French).


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