The first image to greet you of Tintin's creator is an enormous blowup of his preparatory sketches larger than life size.
Who in the world hasn't heard of Tintin translated into a gazillion languages and loved by the world over.
But who thinks of Hergé as a serious artist worthy to be up there with the big names?
That's what this exhibit is about. It quickly becomes apparent from studying his drawings and loose sketches
Exactly how gifted Hergé was.
There weren't many situations he couldn't draw. None really.
Bruegel was an influence on his work along with other fine draftsmen.
And many contemporary artist will tell you Tintin had a big influence on them: Warhol, Lichtenstein, Fontana, Dubuffet among others.
10 rooms and two floors of examples make it easy to re-evaluate Hergé.
Models and movies tell the story in an interactive exhibit.
There's a universality to his images and a clarity. Who hasn't felt like this at one time?
Or experienced Tintin's wonderful sense of adventure?
Even dog portraits are included...
Is Hergé, Tintin and Tintin, Hergé? It must be so. Or is Tintin all of us? The kid in everyone will enjoy this terrific show at the Grand Palais, on until 15 January 2017. I will go back for another immersion.
Hi I'm Carol Gillott,
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