Claire Bretécher

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Claire Bretécher
Claire Bretécher en 1973 - 2.jpg
Claire Bretécher in 1973
Born (1940-04-07) April 7, 1940 (age 79)
Nantes, France
Area(s)artist / writer
Notable works
Salades de saison
Les Frustrés
Awardsfull list

Claire Bretécher (French: [bʁəteʃe];[1] born April 7, 1940)[2] is a French cartoonist, known particularly for her portrayals of women and gender issues. Her creations include the Frustrés, and the unimpressed teenager Agrippine.


Bretécher was born in Nantes[3] 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.[4]

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



  • Les états d'âme de Cellulite (1972, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-00597-9)
  • Salades de saison (1973, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-00702-5)
  • Les frustrés (5 albums, 1975–80, Bretecher)
  • Le cordon infernal (1976, Bretecher, ISBN 2-901076-02-5)
  • Les angoisses de Cellulite (1977, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-00754-8)
  • Baratine et Molgaga (1977, Glénat, ISBN 2-7234-0062-X)
  • La vie passionnée de Thérèse Avila (1980, Bretecher, ISBN 2-901076-06-8)
  • Le destin de Monique (1983, Bretecher, ISBN 2-901076-09-2)
  • Les Mères (1982, Bretecher, ISBN 2-901076-08-4)
  • Docteur ventouse, bobologue (2 albums 1985-86, Bretecher/Hyphen)
  • Agrippine (8 albums 1988–2004, Bretecher/Hyphen)


  1. ^ Bande dessinée, Collection Idéologies et sociétés, Larousse, 1976, p. 76.
  2. ^ Claire Bretécher biography on Lambiek Comiclopedia
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ BDoubliées. "L'Écho des savanes en 1972" (in French).


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