Suburbs drawings
french flag During the 1960s, when the suburbs was drastically changing, the art critic, Jean Rollin, a very good friend of Boris, offered him to create, for the northeast municipalities of Paris (Saint-Ouen, La Courneuve, Stains, Bobigny, Drancy, Épinay-sur-Seine), a series of 63 drawings representing typical views of these cities. The artist chose different point of views to deliver an overview of the situation so that the « red belt » undergoing important changes at that time will be remembered.

Executed with ink 19,7 x 25,6 in paper, this remarkable collection of drawings suggests an historical yet poetic dimension. From old buildings to ancient passages and alleys and streets filled with small shops, cafes and a hotel bearing the sign: "cosy rooms for travellers", to green fields, churches, markets, bridges, railways, indefinite landscapes, factories, the suburban street alignments, installations and public buildings (town hall, cultural centres, post office, stadium, tec.), crossroads, apartments and cities as well as large modern living arrangements.

These landscapes are frequently filled with characters that look at us, the viewers These are passers-by, children, workers or farmers.

The way these images were made confers them the power to function autonomously. However, the sequence of fragmentary and metonymical representations is capable of rendering the atmosphere of the time in the five towns' suburbs.

Based on a drawing made in Epinay-sur-Seine, the magisterial trait and application of ink on white paper allows us to follow the creator of these drawings through his daily sojourns from the beginning of 1965 to the winter of 1970, and in 1972. Based on site and date of realisation drawings can be divided in:

Thanks to Daniel Jagodzinski who photographed 46 drawings before their dispersion between the 5 towns, we are able to present the complete series. The photographs of 17 drawings belonging to the Saint-Quen collection have been lent by the "Archive and Heritage" department of the town.

Unfortunately, a significant number of drawings are still missing today. An investigation was launched by the La Courneuve town's Cultural services department. We really hope this enquiry is successful so that this cultural treasure can be restored. As Boris Taslitzky requested before his death, this will allow for the organisation to display a complete exhibition – one which will undoubtedly be a perfect setting to appreciate this exceptional artistic series.

Isabelle ROLLIN-ROYER

GALLERY french flag

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LIST OF THE ARTWORKS french flag

SAINT-OUEN, The Castle of Saint-Ouen, 21st January 1965, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, The Castle of Saint-Ouen
21st January 1965
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, The café in the place d'Armes (42 rue Saint-Denis), 12th May 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, The café in the place d'Armes (42 rue Saint-Denis)
12th May 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, The old well (42 rue Saint-Denis), 13th May 1966
SAINT-OUEN, The old well (42 rue Saint-Denis)
13th May 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, The yard, 2 rue Saint-Denis(?), 18th May 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, The yard, 2 rue Saint-Denis(?)
18th May 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, Impasse de l'Écu de France, 23rd May 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, Impasse de l'Écu de France
23rd May 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, view from l'Ile Saint-Denis, 26th May 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, view from l'Ile Saint-Denis
26th May 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, Entrance, Sente Legentil, 31st May 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, Entrance, Sente Legentil
31st May 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, Cabin, Sente Legentil, 1st June 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, Cabin, Sente Legentil
1st June 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, Steeple of the Church seen from the court, 15th June 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, Steeple of the Church seen from the court
15th June 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, Perspective of la rue Saint-Denis, 16th June 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, Perspective of la rue Saint-Denis
16th June 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, Hovel, rue des Châteaux, 29th June 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, Hovel, rue des Châteaux
29th June 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, Vacant lot, rue du Moutier, 1st July 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, Vacant lot, rue du Moutier
1st July 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, Rue de l'Égalité, 5th July 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, Rue de l'Égalité
5th July 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, Corner of rue Saint-Denis and rue Petit-Hôtel, 7th July 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, Corner of rue Saint-Denis and rue Petit-Hôtel
7th July 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, 2 rue des Remparts, 12th July 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, 2 rue des Remparts
12th July 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

SAINT-OUEN, The power plant, 21st September 1966, ink, 19,7 x 25,4 in
SAINT-OUEN, The power plant
21st September 1966
ink
19,7 x 25,4 in
© Mairie de Saint-Ouen, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 31st July 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
31st July 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 3rd August 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
3rd August 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 5th August 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
5th August 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 9th August 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
9th August 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 12th August 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
12th August 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 19th August 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
19th August 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 20th August 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
20th August 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 23rd August 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
23rd August 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 28th August 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
28th August 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 7th September 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
7th September 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 12th September 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
12th September 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 17th September 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
17th September 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 2nd October 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
2nd October 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 15th October 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
15th October 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

LA COURNEUVE, 13th December 1968, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
LA COURNEUVE
13th December 1968
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de la Courneuve, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

STAINS, 22nd May 1969, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
STAINS
22nd May 1969
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Stains, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

STAINS, 28th May 1969, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
STAINS
28th May 1969
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Stains, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

STAINS, 6th June 1969, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
STAINS
6th June 1969
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Stains, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

STAINS, 10th June 1969, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
STAINS
10th June 1969
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Stains, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

STAINS, 13th June 1969, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
STAINS
13th June 1969
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Stains, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

STAINS, 18th June 1969, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
STAINS
18th June 1969
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Stains, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

IVRY-SUR-SEINE, 30th September 1969, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
IVRY-SUR-SEINE
30th September 1969
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 4th April 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
4th April 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 17th April 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
17th April 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 23rd April 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
23rd April 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 28th April 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
28th April 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 4th May 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
4th May 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 7th May 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
7th May 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 12th May 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
12th May 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 19th May 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
19th May 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 27th May 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
27th May 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

BOBIGNY, 28th May 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
BOBIGNY
28th May 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Bobigny, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 17th July 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
17th July 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 23rd July 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
23rd July 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 30th July 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
30th July 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 1st August 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
1st August 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 5th August 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
5th August 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 8th August 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
8th August 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 11th August 1970,ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
11th August 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 14th August 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
14th August 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 18th August 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
18th August 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

DRANCY, 18th September 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
DRANCY
18th September 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie de Drancy, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE, 1st December 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE
1st December 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie d'Épinay-sur-Seine, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE, 5th December 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE
5th December 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie d'Épinay-sur-Seine, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE, 9th December 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE
9th December 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie d'Épinay-sur-Seine, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE, 15th December 1970, ink, 19,7 x 25,6 in
ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE
15th December 1970
ink
19,7 x 25,6 in
© Mairie d'Épinay-sur-Seine, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski

ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE, 9th May 1972, ink, 25,6 x 19,7 in
ÉPINAY-SUR-SEINE
9th May 1972
ink
25,6 x 19,7 in
© Mairie d'Épinay-sur-Seine, Photo Daniel Jagodzinski