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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, ambassador of urban art in France was born in Nice in 1942. He lives in Paris where he spread his art in the streets of the capital.

With charcoal and black chalk, Ernest Pignon-Ernest sketches human-sized figures on posters and then sticks them. He works with ribbed erasers of all sizes, refines shadows and brings realism and depth to his work. Like an owl, he goes out hunting walls in the night in order to create. Discreet and quick are the key words for his nocturnal outings.

Ernest-Pignon Ernest doesn't choose his places coincidentally. Thinking about the space takes up as much time as the final creation. A true instigator, he deciphers the environment in its spatial and symbolic dimension. He needs to be able to capture the entire territory to have an expert hand on it and provide his fictional element afterward. The essence of the place is then portrayed to all.

With Daniel Buren and Gérard Zlotykamien, Ernest-Pignon Ernest is one of the founding fathers of street art in France. Since 30 years, he uses dreams and poetry in alleys and streets, plotting the furrow for those generations of artists that will follow.

He can't help it but he still has some urban art founding principles like the ephemeral. Ernest-Pignon Ernest produces in series  with the help of thin and delicate paper, therefore he goes with the flow of events. The work in streets belong to him and depend on him. The drawings will vanish through time or will be covered.

The artist gives a lot of important to the fact that creation has to be a part of his visual context. His human figures trigger face to face encounters with passers by, they are questioned while being on the street.

During Ernest Pignon-Ernest's life, he defended all kinds of major social issues and became part of these in a political and artistic manner. In 1977, he was one of the founders of the National union of visual artists and the member of the French communism party.

His career and trips made him encounter horrible scenes. Firstly, Ernest-Pignon Ernest was horrified by the apocalypse events which hit Nagasaki and the walls still retain the traces, he sees shadows still impacted by the shock. The AIDS issue in South of Africa not to mention the struggle against Apartheid.

Ernest-Pignon-Ernest manages to capture the beauty and terror of the world, sometimes in the same work. He springs the essence of these two worlds, in order to question and stimulate the conscience, through finesse.

In 2023, Ernest Pignon-Ernest was exhibited during Galerie Lelong's "De traces en empreintes" exposition.


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Fine Art Drawings

Print, Recouvrance 2006, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Recouvrance 2006

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 64 x 81 cm Print - 25.2 x 31.9 inch

€700

Fine Art Drawings, Concert baroque, Verdi, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Concert baroque, Verdi

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 13 x 20 cm Fine Art Drawings - 5.1 x 7.9 inch

€12,000

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 48 x 37 x 0.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 14.6 x 0.1 inch

€1,100

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 48 x 37 x 0.2 cm Print - 18.9 x 14.6 x 0.1 inch

€1,100

Print, Giuseppe Verdi, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Giuseppe Verdi

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 41 x 38 cm Print - 16.1 x 15 inch

€450

Print, Pablo Neruda - Santiago 81, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Pablo Neruda - Santiago 81

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 inch

€1,100

Print, Rimbaud, Boulevard Saint-Michel, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, Boulevard Saint-Michel

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 inch

€1,000

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 48 x 37 cm Print - 18.9 x 14.6 inch

€1,700

Fine Art Drawings, Wagner, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Wagner

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 36 x 40 cm Fine Art Drawings - 14.2 x 15.7 inch

€18,000

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 48 x 37 cm Print - 18.9 x 14.6 inch

€1,100

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 48 x 37 cm Print - 18.9 x 14.6 inch

€1,100

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 48 x 37 cm Print - 18.9 x 14.6 inch

€1,100

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 48 x 37 cm Print - 18.9 x 14.6 inch

€1,100

Print, Sans-titre, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Sans-titre

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 76 x 56 cm Print - 29.9 x 22 inch

€950

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 46 x 36 x 1 cm Print - 18.1 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch

€1,200

Print, Etude de Fille, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 26 x 36 x 1 cm Print - 10.2 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch

€1,200

Print, Etude de Fille, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de Fille

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 26 x 36 x 1 cm Print - 10.2 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch

€1,200

Print, Madone au serpent -  Napoli 90, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Madone au serpent - Napoli 90

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm Print - 23.6 x 31.5 inch

€900

Print, Mithra, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Mithra

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 76 x 120 cm Print - 29.9 x 47.2 inch

€1,000

Print, Elsa, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Elsa

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 70 x 50 cm Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

€500

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 40 x 1 cm Print - 23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch

€1,200

Print, Etude de jeune fille, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude de jeune fille

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 x 1 cm Print - 23.6 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch

€1,800

Print, Alger 2003 Parcours Maurice Audin - El Biar, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Alger 2003 Parcours Maurice Audin - El Biar

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm Print - 23.6 x 31.5 inch

€700

Print, Desnos-Nerval 2001, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Desnos-Nerval 2001

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 inch

€1,100

Print, Port-au-Prince 2, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Port-au-Prince 2

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm Print - 23.6 x 31.5 inch

€700

Print, Pasolini - Dans l'infamie des temps, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Pasolini - Dans l'infamie des temps

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 102.5 x 69 cm Print - 40.4 x 27.2 inch

€1,970

Print, Alger 2003, Parcours Maurice Audin "El Biar", Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Alger 2003, Parcours Maurice Audin "El Biar"

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm Print - 23.6 x 31.5 inch

€700

Print, Derrière la vitre 8, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Derrière la vitre 8

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 inch

€700

Print, Pasolini Scampia, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Pasolini Scampia

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 40 x 60 cm Print - 15.7 x 23.6 inch

€500

Print, Les Expulsés 3, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Les Expulsés 3

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 40 cm Print - 23.6 x 15.7 inch

€380

Print, Sans-titre, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Sans-titre

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 22 x 15.3 cm Print - 8.7 x 6 inch

€450

Print, Se Torno...Scampia - Naples., Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Se Torno...Scampia - Naples.

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 75 x 105 cm Print - 29.5 x 41.3 inch

€2,490

Print, Expulsés 2 (Les), Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Expulsés 2 (Les)

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 40 cm Print - 23.6 x 15.7 inch

€380

Print, Les Expulsés 2, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Les Expulsés 2

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 40 cm Print - 23.6 x 15.7 inch

€380

Fine Art Drawings, Verlaine, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Verlaine

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 39 x 29 x 0.5 cm Fine Art Drawings - 15.4 x 11.4 x 0.2 inch

€16,000

Fine Art Drawings, Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°16, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, Regards, étude n°16

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 31 x 24 cm Fine Art Drawings - 12.2 x 9.4 inch

€14,000

Fine Art Drawings, Regards, Rimbaud, étude n°9, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Regards, Rimbaud, étude n°9

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 24 x 22 cm Fine Art Drawings - 9.4 x 8.7 inch

€18,000

Print, Nice-Le Cap 2, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Nice-Le Cap 2

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 45 x 54 cm Print - 17.7 x 21.3 inch

€380

Fine Art Drawings, Etude d'après Marie Madeleine, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude d'après Marie Madeleine

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 20 x 95.5 cm Fine Art Drawings - 7.9 x 37.6 inch

€18,000

Print, Extases, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Extases

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 x 0.5 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch

€1,200

Fine Art Drawings, Dessins préparatoires pour Pasolini, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Dessins préparatoires pour Pasolini

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 52.5 x 99 cm Fine Art Drawings - 20.7 x 39 inch

€22,000

Print, Abbatiale St Pons, Nice, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Abbatiale St Pons, Nice

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 105 x 75 cm Print - 41.3 x 29.5 inch

€950

Print, Extases 3, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Extases 3

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 inch

€700

Print, Extases, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Extases

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm Print - 23.6 x 31.5 inch

€1,290

Print, Extase, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Extase

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 120 x 79 x 0.01 cm Print - 47.2 x 31.1 x 0 inch

€1,300

Print, Catherine de Sienne, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Catherine de Sienne

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 90 x 60 cm Print - 35.4 x 23.6 inch

€1,970

Print, Marie de l'incarnation, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Marie de l'incarnation

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 100 x 50 cm Print - 39.4 x 19.7 inch

€1,790

Print, Arbrorigènes (Les), Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Arbrorigènes (Les)

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm Print - 23.6 x 31.5 inch

€700

Print, Boccaccio / Certaldo, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Boccaccio / Certaldo

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 40 cm Print - 23.6 x 15.7 inch

€500

Fine Art Drawings, Etude pour les arbrorigènes, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour les arbrorigènes

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 29 x 0.1 cm Fine Art Drawings - 19.7 x 11.4 x 0 inch

€13,500

Fine Art Drawings, Etude pour les Arbrorigènes, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour les Arbrorigènes

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 50 x 29 cm Fine Art Drawings - 19.7 x 11.4 inch

€13,500

Fine Art Drawings, Extase, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Extase

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 28 x 22 cm Fine Art Drawings - 11 x 8.7 inch

€13,000

Fine Art Drawings, Etude pour une allégorie de la justice, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour une allégorie de la justice

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 101 x 64 cm Fine Art Drawings - 39.8 x 25.2 inch

€30,000

Fine Art Drawings, Parcours Desnos, Louise Lame, étude 2, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Parcours Desnos, Louise Lame, étude 2

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 45 x 31 cm Fine Art Drawings - 17.7 x 12.2 inch

€20,000

Fine Art Drawings, Anvers, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Anvers

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Fine Art Drawings - 63 x 38 cm Fine Art Drawings - 24.8 x 15 inch

€20,000

Print, Derrière la vitre 7, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Derrière la vitre 7

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 80 x 60 cm Print - 31.5 x 23.6 inch

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Print, Pasolini Si je reviens Testaccio, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Pasolini Si je reviens Testaccio

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 60 x 80 cm Print - 23.6 x 31.5 inch

Sold

Print, Saint Denis, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Saint Denis

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 70 x 50 x 1 cm Print - 27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch

Sold

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 46 x 36 x 1 cm Print - 18.1 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch

Sold

Print, Rimbaud, Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Print - 46 x 36 x 1 cm Print - 18.1 x 14.2 x 0.4 inch

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The artistic movements of the artists are: Famous Illustrators, Somber Portrait Painters, Classically-Inspired Illustrative Artists, Figurative Street Artists, Detailed Somber Illustrations
When was Ernest Pignon-Ernest born?
The year of birth of the artist is: 1942