David Prudhomme is in good company. Other creators of The Louvre Collection include the prestigious Hirohiko Araki, the haunting Enki Bilal, the meticulous Eric Liberge, the classically inspired Marc-Antoine Mathieu, the whimsical Nicolas De Crecy, and the unbeatable pair Bernar Yslaire & Jean-Claude Carriere.
The Louvre Collection is commissioned by the Parisian museum asking select artists to weave a story of their choosing as long as it involves the museum. The results have been eye-popping.
ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure). Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 ¼ x 10 3/8, 128pp. full color hardcover, $19.99
Diamond Order Code: DEC111139
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The Louvre Collection:
Phantoms of the Louvre
Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.
They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model …
Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.
Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.
9 x 11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413
Diamond Order Code: MAR141266
Nicolas De Crecy
With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius.
De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.
8 ½ x11 , 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99,
Diamond Order Code: MAR141267
Those two, they never should have met.
In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams, they make of this encounter a party.
Those two, they must have a gift.
The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…
10 ½ x 11 ¼, 72pp, full color hardcover, $19.99,
Diamond Order Code: OCT121137
THE SKY OVER THE LOUVRE
Bernar YSLAIRE & Jean-Claude CARRIERE
We go back to the very origins of the Louvre as a museum: the tumultuous years of the French revolution. It’s the story of a painting of the Supreme Being, ordered by Robespierre from the famous painter David. A painting which was never made. It’s also the story of another painting, that of the young Bara, a 13 year old martyr of the Republic. From the inauguration of the Louvre, former royal palace, as the museum for the people, to the death of Robespierre, this is also the portrayal of the face to face of two major actors of a revolution in a great hurry. Robespierre appears equally enlightened and lost while David accomplishes his destiny: a painter torn between political engagement and artistic ambition. Yslaire, one the great stars of French comics, delivers a stunning masterwork in an epic and disturbing graphic novel seeped in a dramatic and fascinating period of history.
101/2 x 111/2, 72pp. full color hardcover, $19.99,
Diamond Order Code: DEC101009
ON THE ODD HOURS
This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.
6 1/2 x 9, 72 pages, full color trade paperback with flaps: $14.95,
Diamond Order Code: DEC090958
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And don’t forget:
THE MUSEUM VAULTS
Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert.
An art assessor must evaluate the vast collections of the Louvre in an alternate Kafkaesque world where all is warehoused in an endless ever deepening succession of basement levels. Mathieu, an artist who marries Escher with Kafka, brings stinging irony to the pompousness of art history. After Glacial Period, another stunning volume.
Only available as an e-book presently.
9×9, 64 pages, 2 colors, ebook $9.99