Coming from NBM Graphic Novels in April is the next installment of The Louvre Collection by respected Japanese creator Jiro Taniguchi.
In GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE, the protagonist is ill during an excursion to Paris. While visiting the Louvre Museum, he falls into a feverous delusion. When he awakes, the museum is eerily empty save for an otherworldly guide, a celestial Guardian of the Louvre in charge of preserving the souls within the artwork. Together the two take an expedition through the ages, meeting famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh-unsuccessful in his career and living where the rent is low, witnessing the evacuation of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation during World War II, and admiring the life behind the priceless works of art.
The illustrations flow as would a masterful anime film, reminiscent of the work of Hayao Miyazaki. The graphic novel was recently on the Publishers Weekly Top Ten Graphic Novels for Spring ’16 list. PW summarizes: “Taniguchi’s entry in this long-running series of graphic novels commissioned by the Louvre veers between fantasy and introspection to explore the meaning of art in our lives.”
The Louvre Collection:
GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE
Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese artist stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or familiar recourse. When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to crossroads between human and personal history by… the Guardians of the Louvre.
7 ½ x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover, $24.99
Diamond Order Code: FEB161651
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