Aug 21, 2016

“Waves,” by honorary mat surfer J. J. Sempé ...

“It’s an obsession,” Jean-Jacques Sempé says, of his cover for the new issue of the New Yorker. 

“I would love to become a child on the beach once again. It may sound infantile, but that’s the feeling I long for: to be a child without care, taking in the immensity of the ocean and still feeling safe.”

Here is a slide show of past New Yorker covers by Sempé that celebrate the pleasure of being at the beach—for children and adults:



tuskedbeast said...

Nice.Especially love the wave swimmers.I see what you mean about honorary mat surfer- that mattish pure joy de vivre with the ocean.

Brian Blanchette. Lebanon, NH said...

Thank you for your work putting this together. I fell in love with the Sept 7,1981 cover which happened to be Labor Day that year.We traditionally left Hampton Beach that day or the next so I identified with Sempe's little beachcomber waving good-bye to another season as the tide receded