Jean Carzou

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Jean Carzou
Jean Carzou on a 2007 Armenian stamp

Jean Carzou (1 January 1907, Aleppo, Syria – 12 August 2000, Marsac-sur-l'Isle, Dordogne, France), born Karnik Zouloumian, was a French Armenian artist, painter and illustrator, whose work illustrated the novels of Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus.[1][2] He was the father of Jean-Marie Carzou.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Syria to an Armenian family as Karnik Zouloumian. Carzou later created his name from the first syllables of his name and surname, and added a Parisian nickname, "Jean". He was educated in Cairo, Egypt before moving to Paris in 1924 to study architecture.[1]


He started working as a theater decorator but quickly realized he preferred drawing and painting. In 1938, more than a hundred exhibitions of his works were organized in Paris, in the French provinces and abroad. In 1949, he received the coveted Hallmark prize.

In 1952, he created costumes and sceneries for Les Indes Galantes of Rameau at the Opéra de Paris. He continued with Le Loup (1953) for "Les Ballets" of Roland Petit, Giselle (1954) and Athalie (1955) at the Opéra and "La Comédie française".

Carzou was elected a member of the Institut de France, Académie des beaux-arts, succeeding in the seat left vacant by the death of painter Jean Bouchaud in 1977. He was also awarded the National Order of Merit of France.[2]

A Carzou museum exists in the town of Dinard (Brittany).


  1. ^ a b Jean Carzou Artnet.
  2. ^ a b "Jean Carzou – Painter and Illustrator, 93". New York Times. 24 August 2000.