Jules Perrigot was born on 3 November 1861 in Vimoutiers in Normandy. Following the deaths of his parents and his elder sister, he decided to leave his native region and move to Paris, where he made many friends and met his future wife. Claire was the daughter of Léon Masure, director and owner of Papeteries d’Arches, who lost his life in a fire in 1897. The pair married on 11 February 1888 in Arches, and the paper mill was Claire’s dowry.
In 1994, the Festival du Film Fantastique de Gérardmer picked up the torch dropped by the Festival International du Film Fantastique d’Avoriaz. The new festival was called “Fantastica” until 1996, when it took the name of “Fantastic’Arts”, a sign of its opening up to other forms of artistic expression as well as cinema, including the plastic arts. In 2009 the Festival changed its name to “Festival International du Film Fantastique de Gérardmer”.
In its contemporary form, engraving still has to prove that it deserves its place alongside other artistic disciplines. It suffers from being unjustly represented as outdated, whereas it has never ceased to be a source of creativity.
Zeng Tianfu, who as an artist would go under the name T’ang Haywen, was born on 20 December 1927 in Xiamen in Fujian province, China. He arrived in France in 1948 and was one of the second generation of Chinese artists who emigrated there after the Second World War.