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Inspired by Comic Books

Long considered childish and largely ignored by the mainstream, the graphic novel has had to fight for recognition and its status as the ninth art. Today, fully integrated in the art world, graphic novels are knocking on the doors of auction houses and breaking new records every time - in 2014, an original page of Tintin hand drawn in ink by Hergé was valued at 2.5 million euros.

It's a common misconception that the graphic novel was invented in America in 1896 with the creation of Yellow Kid. In fact, we can trace it back to the 1830s and Swiss artist Rudolphe Töpffer, who came up with the theory of 'mixed' literature, merging constantly evolving drawings with short storylines.

Nevertheless, at the start of the 20th century it was indeed the Americans who were the first real consumers of comics. This popularity can be partly explained by the role of the press at the time. Two huge publishers - Heartz and Pulitzer - were locked in fierce competition to attract as many readers as possible and their combined efforts to improve production paved the way for huge technical progress, with the press able to print ever greater volumes ever more quickly. At the time, comic strips appeared in the form of satirical drawings and humorous adaptations suitable for all ages, but they quickly proved so popular that the strips were grouped together in books so that they could be revisited at leisure.

The 1930s marked the golden age of the graphic novel with the birth of the first super heroes like Superman and Batman, and the emergence of the famous Marvel and DC studios.

It was a similar story in Europe across the 30s and 50s as the Franco-Belgian school established itself with the emergence of brilliant authors such as Hergé and Franquin and the cult characters of the era: Tintin, Lucky Luke, Spirou… previously considered to be reserved for younger readers, from the 60s onwards graphic novels began to take on a more adult, less puritanical approach.

The graphic novel is by now an accomplished art form with its own grand masters, but it took on a new direction and joined the ranks of art history under the impetus of the precursors of pop art: Mel Ramos, Andy Warhol and, above all, Roy Lichtenstein.

In 1961 Lichtenstein painted one of his most famous works: Look Mickey. It was the first work by an artist to use the qualities of a comic strip, and it had a decisive impact on Lichtenstein’s career. From then on, the artist freely used text bubbles and drawings from various comics and adapted them into his colourful pop art.

Meanwhile, the other side of the Pacific saw the creation of an art form very similar to graphic novels, which quickly rose to prominence: manga. Although it did not establish itself in France until the late 1990s, manga traces its origins back to the beginning of the 20th century. The master of Japanese print making, Hokusai, is said to be at the origins of manga (which comes from the word for ‘sketches’ or ‘light image’). Inspired by the ancestral arts of Kabuki as well as the Ehon and Emaki illustrations, manga saw much of its huge successes thanks to constant developments in the press.

Kitazawa Rakuten, a household name in manga, is also widely recognised as the creator of the first school of graphic novels, which boasts an impressive array of talented alumni: Naoki Urasawa, Tezuka Osamu, Tatsumi Yoshihiro, Otomo Katsuhiro…

Explore the complex and surprising world of the 9th art with this unique modern selection of paintings, full editions and drawings. Discover the works of the best known artists, alongside young emerging talents like Lenil Yu, David Leroi, Lucio Forte… 

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Mr.Oreke, Famou$, Painting

Mr.Oreke

Famou$, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$2,298

Erró, La femme fatale II, Print

Erró

La femme fatale II, 1993
46.1 x 29.5 inch
Print

$977

Eric Liot, Mickey - Body Builder - Bleu, Print

Eric Liot

Mickey - Body Builder - Bleu, 2018
15 x 12.6 x 0.8 inch
Print

$804

Our recommendations John Matos Crash, Craash !, Print

John Matos Crash

Craash !, 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$919

Pierre Kroll, Le dixième, Print

Pierre Kroll

Le dixième, 2013
41.3 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,241

Shen Jingdong, Hero and Donal Duck, Print

Shen Jingdong

Hero and Donal Duck, 2011
21.3 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$1,379

Vuk Vidor, Mash #33, Drawing

Vuk Vidor

Mash #33, 2009
59.1 x 43.3 inch
Drawing

$4,596

Our recommendations André Franquin, Gaston Lagaffe et Vasarely - estampe pigmentaire, Print

André Franquin

Gaston Lagaffe et Vasarely - estampe pigmentaire, 2018
19.7 x 39.4 inch
Print

$402

Mister Tucks, Temple Trasher, Print

Mister Tucks

Temple Trasher, 2016
11.4 x 16.5 inch
Print

$287

Mark Brooks, Uncanny X-Force, Drawing

Mark Brooks

Uncanny X-Force, 2011
16.9 x 11 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$2,068

Mike McKone, Amazing Spiderman, Drawing

Mike McKone

Amazing Spiderman, 2008
17.3 x 11 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$2,068

Nadine Van Der Straeten, Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 64, Drawing

Nadine Van Der Straeten

Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 64, 2017
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$563

Apollonia Saintclair, Le signal codé (Our cipher), Print

Apollonia Saintclair

Le signal codé (Our cipher), 2016
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Print

$287

Lenil Yu, Secret Invasion, Drawing

Lenil Yu

Secret Invasion, 2008
17.3 x 11 x 0.4 inch
Drawing

$1,838

Seaty, Mickey #3, Painting

Seaty

Mickey #3, 2018
63.8 x 51.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$9,537

Capocci, Che, Painting

Capocci

Che, 2014
39.8 x 39.8 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,298

Capocci, Popeye, Painting

Capocci

Popeye, 2018
59.1 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$7,469

Capocci, Vas te faire M, Sculpture

Capocci

Vas te faire M, 2016
19.7 x 7.9 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,022

Fat, Schtroumpfs Amoureux, Painting

Fat

Schtroumpfs Amoureux, 2019
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,930

Mr.Oreke, My dollar Sign, Painting

Mr.Oreke

My dollar Sign, 2018
52 x 57.1 inch
Painting

$4,022

Eskos, Gadgeto Weedo, Painting

Eskos

Gadgeto Weedo, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,034

Erró, Power Points, Painting

Erró

Power Points, 2008
23.6 x 17.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$4,022

Eric Liot, Astérix, Painting

Eric Liot

Astérix, 2016
59.1 x 39.4 x 3.1 inch
Painting

$12,639

Philippe Geluck, Un de perdu, Print

Philippe Geluck

Un de perdu, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$172

Philippe Geluck, C'était le bon temps, Print

Philippe Geluck

C'était le bon temps, 2018
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$1,609

John Matos Crash, Crash, Print

John Matos Crash

Crash, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 inch
Print

$207

Philippe Geluck, Le Chat Miaô Hommage à Andy Warhol, Print

Philippe Geluck

Le Chat Miaô Hommage à Andy Warhol, 2016
27.6 x 27.6 inch
Print

$4,309

Philippe Geluck, Le Discobole (mini), Sculpture

Philippe Geluck

Le Discobole (mini), 2018
7.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,138

Hervé Di Rosa, Attaque Aérienne, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Attaque Aérienne, 1986
40.9 x 40.6 inch
Print

$2,298

Hervé Di Rosa, Attaque perfide, Print

Hervé Di Rosa

Attaque perfide, 1986
40.9 x 40.6 inch
Print

$2,298

Zokar, Happy, Painting

Zokar

Happy, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,034

Mel Ramos, Fantomas, Print

Mel Ramos

Fantomas, 2009
47 x 31.5 inch
Print

$3,000

John Matos Crash, Popeye, Print

John Matos Crash

Popeye, 2013
26.8 x 20.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$575

Marabout, Duchampagne pour Droopy, Painting

Marabout

Duchampagne pour Droopy, 2015
31.5 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$5,056

Françoise Arnaud, Bienvenue, Painting

Françoise Arnaud

Bienvenue, 2019
18.9 x 17.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$460

Pierre Kroll, Atomium, Print

Pierre Kroll

Atomium, 2013
41.3 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,241

Our recommendations Pierre Kroll, Météo, Print

Pierre Kroll

Météo, 2014
39.4 x 50 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,930

Our recommendations Pierre Kroll, Roger, Print

Pierre Kroll

Roger, 2013
39.4 x 28.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,471

Pierre Kroll, New York, Print

Pierre Kroll

New York, 2013
52 x 78.7 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,505

Pierre Kroll, Pipe, Print

Pierre Kroll

Pipe, 2013
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,448

Aya Toshikawa, Mizuiro 7, Painting

Aya Toshikawa

Mizuiro 7, 2011
44.1 x 47.2 x 2 inch
Painting

$6,090

Nagsoul, Sous cet angle là, Print

Nagsoul

Sous cet angle là, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$138

Nagsoul, Ces tourbillons sont fantastiques, Print

Nagsoul

Ces tourbillons sont fantastiques, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$138

Jolek, Pique sous, Painting

Jolek

Pique sous, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,034

Gary John, Crack Crack Crack, Painting

Gary John

Crack Crack Crack, 2016
23 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$931

Nadine Van Der Straeten, Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 86, Print

Nadine Van Der Straeten

Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 86, 2017
23.4 x 16.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$793

Nadine Van Der Straeten, Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 74 & 75, Print

Nadine Van Der Straeten

Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 74 & 75, 2017
16.5 x 23.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$793

Justin Person, Bart, Painting

Justin Person

Bart, 2017
47.2 x 31.5 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,379

Jongkie Lee, Dancing under the moonlight, Painting

Jongkie Lee

Dancing under the moonlight, 2014
59.1 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$22,406

Rico Sab, Krak Pop, Painting

Rico Sab

Krak Pop, 2018
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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Onemizer, Arrested Charlie, Painting

Onemizer

Arrested Charlie, 2018
35.4 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Painting

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Gomor, The boss!, Painting

Gomor

The boss!, 2019
17.9 x 18.1 x 0 inch
Painting

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Rico Sab, Paw paf, Painting

Rico Sab

Paw paf, 2018
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

Sold out

Our recommendations Fat, The Pink Panther, Painting

Fat

The Pink Panther, 2017
45.7 x 31.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

Sold out

Fat, Mickey Mailbox, Sculpture

Fat

Mickey Mailbox, 2019
51.6 x 13.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

Sold out

Mr.Oreke, Culture moment, Painting

Mr.Oreke

Culture moment, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

Sold out

Eric Liot, Corto, Painting

Eric Liot

Corto, 2016
47.2 x 39.4 x 5.1 inch
Painting

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Philippe Geluck, Le Chat... Les tongs, Print

Philippe Geluck

Le Chat... Les tongs, 2007
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

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Erró, Nul ne sera soumis à la torture ni à des peines ou traitements cruels, Print

Erró

Nul ne sera soumis à la torture ni à des peines ou traitements cruels, 1991
40.6 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch
Print

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Edmond Li Bellefroid, Amazone, Painting

Edmond Li Bellefroid

Amazone, 2017
28.7 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

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