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Painting Comics

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… 

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Paintings

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Erró, Fragments Of Silver, Painting

Erró

Fragments Of Silver, 2012
35 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$15,514

Albena Vatcheva, Gémeaux, Painting

Albena Vatcheva

Gémeaux, 2021
16.9 x 16.9 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$464 $515

Wo$h, Captain america, Painting

Wo$h

Captain america, 2021
24 x 24 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,489

Najung Kim, Fantasy_ jelly, Painting

Najung Kim

Fantasy_ jelly, 2020
20.9 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$745

Elmago, Usa Pop Code Barre, Painting

Elmago

Usa Pop Code Barre, 2018
59.1 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,592

Cacou, 1971, Painting

Cacou

1971, 2019
39.4 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$720

Xavier Jambon, Le Banquet, Painting

Xavier Jambon

Le Banquet, 2020
23.6 x 47.2 inch
Painting

$2,730

Janusz Orzechowski, When Batman meets Superman, Painting

Janusz Orzechowski

When Batman meets Superman, 2018
31.5 x 51.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$2,482

Johanne 8, My romantic adventures, Painting

Johanne 8

My romantic adventures, 2014
45.3 x 57.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$8,688

Claire D., Selfie, Painting

Claire D.

Selfie, 2014
39.4 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,862

Marlon Diggs, Socialite, Painting

Marlon Diggs

Socialite, 2018
29.9 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$894 $993

Maria Qamar, Theek Thaak, Painting

Maria Qamar

Theek Thaak, 2020
74 x 82 inch
Painting

$18,000

Myriam Baudin, Minnie Me, Painting

Myriam Baudin

Minnie Me, 2016
39.4 x 31.9 inch
Painting

$5,585

Arno Metz, La ronde des vertues, Painting

Arno Metz

La ronde des vertues, 2016
51.2 x 38.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,365

Moolinex, Le nid, Painting

Moolinex

Le nid, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Painting

$1,862

Jean-Marc Hunt, Série Noire 1, Painting

Jean-Marc Hunt

Série Noire 1, 2019
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$4,096

Kokimoto, Self Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Bones I, Painting

Kokimoto

Self Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Bones I, 2020
5.9 x 5.9 x 1 inch
Painting

$236

Anick Langelier, Mickey s'énerve, Painting

Anick Langelier

Mickey s'énerve, 2014
29.9 x 40.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,344

Brigitte Lovisa, Comics street, Painting

Brigitte Lovisa

Comics street, 2013
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,785

Walter Minus, Pin-up, Painting

Walter Minus

Pin-up, 2004
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$5,213

Hervé Di Rosa, Classic Race, Painting

Hervé Di Rosa

Classic Race, 2018
40.2 x 39.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$19,610

PAC, Smoke Money, Painting

PAC

Smoke Money, 2021
43.3 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$745

Shadee K, Il ne faut pas tirer la langue, Painting

Shadee K

Il ne faut pas tirer la langue, 2018
3.3 x 6.3 inch
Painting

$123

Yasna Godovanik, Pink Banksy or Panther?, Painting

Yasna Godovanik

Pink Banksy or Panther?, 2021
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$520 $611

Vincent Gachaga, Roy, Painting

Vincent Gachaga

Roy, 2019
31.5 x 31.5 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$2,358

Boms, Saderpillar and The Bidens Fairy, Painting

Boms

Saderpillar and The Bidens Fairy, 2017
23.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$658

Louzio, Batman, Painting

Louzio

Batman, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$745

Popaz, Picsou on his Throne, Painting

Popaz

Picsou on his Throne, 2020
44.1 x 45.3 x 1 inch
Painting

$4,344

Poka, Il libro delle mie favole preferite, Painting

Poka

Il libro delle mie favole preferite, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$196 $310

Sean Keith, Walk the Dog, Painting

Sean Keith

Walk the Dog, 2019
14 x 14 x 1 inch
Painting

$1,900

Jakman, Ombrageux, Painting

Jakman

Ombrageux, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$2,234

Bootch, For my mouse, Painting

Bootch

For my mouse, 2016
45.7 x 27.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$2,234

Michel Saint-Lambert, Au jardin, Painting

Michel Saint-Lambert

Au jardin, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$968

Pablo Dalas, Please do not be alarmed at my appearance !, Painting

Pablo Dalas

Please do not be alarmed at my appearance !, 2020
45.7 x 35 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,482

Our recommendations Mark Hopkins, Sunset Garden, Painting

Mark Hopkins

Sunset Garden, 2014
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,537

Stéphane Gubert, Desrevespleinlatete2, Painting

Stéphane Gubert

Desrevespleinlatete2, 2020
45.7 x 35 x 35 inch
Painting

$4,654

Hiroaki Onuma, Animals In Orange, Painting

Hiroaki Onuma

Animals In Orange, 2020
59.1 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$2,606

Les Artistes Anonymes, Excelsior, Painting

Les Artistes Anonymes

Excelsior, 2020
24.8 x 34.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$496

Rabe, Flash McQueen l'original, Painting

Rabe

Flash McQueen l'original, 2020
26 x 26 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$782 $869

Jia Juanli, Jardin Près du Lac, Painting

Jia Juanli

Jardin Près du Lac, 2012
59.1 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$71,488

Francks Deceus, Mumbo Jumbo NYC#8 - Figurative Painting with Red, Orange, and Blue Colors, Painting

Francks Deceus

Mumbo Jumbo NYC#8 - Figurative Painting with Red, Orange, and Blue Colors, 2019
30 x 24 inch
Painting

$4,000

Pedro Flores, Superman, Batman y Mickey, Painting

Pedro Flores

Superman, Batman y Mickey, 2019
37.4 x 39.4 inch
Painting

$2,606

Igor Hofbauer, Firma, Painting

Igor Hofbauer

Firma, 2018
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$3,723

Our recommendations Stéphane Moscato (STF), The sleepwalker, Painting

Stéphane Moscato (STF)

The sleepwalker, 2017
37.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,048

Carlos Morago, Parque, Painting

Carlos Morago

Parque, 2016
11.8 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$2,855

Luis Pérez Calvo, AC-DC, Painting

Luis Pérez Calvo

AC-DC, 2017
13.8 x 13 inch
Painting

$825

Massimo Giacon, Marx Attacks Again, Painting

Massimo Giacon

Marx Attacks Again, 2019
89.4 x 70.1 x 2 inch
Painting

$10,674

Fanu, Double orange, Painting

Fanu

Double orange, 2009
76.8 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$6,826

Maurice Rapin, Population 13 1 1974, Population d'images, Painting

Maurice Rapin

Population 13 1 1974, Population d'images, 1974
11.8 x 7.9 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$1,179

Signé Dupied, Hommage à Dubuffet Biographie, Painting

Signé Dupied

Hommage à Dubuffet Biographie, 2017
45.7 x 35 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,599

Aruta Soup, Coma, Painting

Aruta Soup

Coma, 2019
52.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$7,700

Stéphane Perger, Tubular bulb, Painting

Stéphane Perger

Tubular bulb, 2016
17.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$745

Olivia Clavel, Olivia Tele Clavel Bout d'LezART et d'Tele, Painting

Olivia Clavel

Olivia Tele Clavel Bout d'LezART et d'Tele, 1987
19.7 x 25.6 x 0.2 inch
Painting

$7,323

Daru, Good Life, Painting

Daru

Good Life, 2021
8 x 12 inch
Painting

$1,500

Daru, American Dream, Painting

Daru

American Dream, 2021
8 x 12 inch
Painting

$1,500

Daru, I have a dream, Painting

Daru

I have a dream, 2021
8 x 12 inch
Painting

$1,500

Daru, Business Plan?, Painting

Daru

Business Plan?, 2021
8 x 12 inch
Painting

$1,500

Daru, Money Fight, Painting

Daru

Money Fight, 2021
8 x 12 inch
Painting

$1,500

Daru, Playboy, What else?, Painting

Daru

Playboy, What else?, 2021
7.6 x 11.5 inch
Painting

$1,500

Anthea Missy, Hide & Seek, Painting

Anthea Missy

Hide & Seek, 2017
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,427

Shelby, Mickey and his bags, Painting

Shelby

Mickey and his bags, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,016 $3,351

Fat, Hope Batman, Painting

Fat

Hope Batman, 2019
31.9 x 23.6 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,862

Seen, Catwoman, Painting

Seen

Catwoman, 2016
86.6 x 126 inch
Painting

$18,500

Rico Sab, Love Splatsch, Painting

Rico Sab

Love Splatsch, 2018
51.2 x 76.8 x 1 inch
Painting

$2,482

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