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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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Carlos Pun, Mickey Mouse Street Art tag in pink, green and black, Painting

Carlos Pun

Mickey Mouse Street Art tag in pink, green and black, 2021
35.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,250

Sounya Whang, Jeune fille dormant, Painting

Sounya Whang

Jeune fille dormant, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Painting

$506

Francky Boy, Course et Munch, Painting

Francky Boy

Course et Munch, 2020
28.7 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$3,612

San São, I wish he had Bitcoins, Painting

San São

I wish he had Bitcoins, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$1,445

Anthony Ferrero (Wear One), Always more..., Painting

Anthony Ferrero (Wear One)

Always more..., 2018
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$506

Robert Combas, Rouget d'origine noble dorée (en collaboration avec Jean-Luc Parant), Painting

Robert Combas

Rouget d'origine noble dorée (en collaboration avec Jean-Luc Parant), 2020
17.9 x 13.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$22,514

Xavier Jambon, Le Banquet, Painting

Xavier Jambon

Le Banquet, 2020
23.6 x 47.2 inch
Painting

$2,649

Cacou, 1971, Painting

Cacou

1971, 2019
39.4 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$698

Janusz Orzechowski, When Batman meets Superman, Painting

Janusz Orzechowski

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

$2,408

Laurelle Bessé, La terrasse du peintre, Painting

Laurelle Bessé

La terrasse du peintre, 2016
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$963

Yoz, Harley Quinn, Painting

Yoz

Harley Quinn, 2021
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,084

Moolinex, Le nid, Painting

Moolinex

Le nid, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Painting

$1,806

Camille Adra, Sans titre, Painting

Camille Adra

Sans titre, 2013
57.5 x 38.2 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$3,010

Tristan Wu, Introducing the Solution Corp / Four stray Mitches a start up company, a yellow motor and lots of fuck ups to solve / Front angle, Painting

Tristan Wu

Introducing the Solution Corp / Four stray Mitches a start up company, a yellow motor and lots of fuck ups to solve / Front angle, 2019
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Painting

$1,180

Maria Qamar, Pakka Promise, Painting

Maria Qamar

Pakka Promise, 2020
48 x 48 inch
Painting

$7,500

Louis-Paul Ordonneau, Fier comme un coq, Painting

Louis-Paul Ordonneau

Fier comme un coq, 2019
26 x 17.7 x 2 inch
Painting

$3,010

Hervé Di Rosa, Classic Race, Painting

Hervé Di Rosa

Classic Race, 2018
40.2 x 39.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$19,023

Benjamin SPaRK, No party, Painting

Benjamin SPaRK

No party, 2016
20.9 x 13.4 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,318

Anick Langelier, Mickey s'énerve, Painting

Anick Langelier

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

$4,214

Walter Minus, Pin-up Katarina - 70 x 50 cm, Painting

Walter Minus

Pin-up Katarina - 70 x 50 cm, 2004
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$4,575

Cross Magri, Mickey Nature, Painting

Cross Magri

Mickey Nature, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$1,746

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

$119

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

Stéphane Moscato (STF)

The sleepwalker, 2017
37.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,987

Benjamin Capdevielle, Driver 20h12, Painting

Benjamin Capdevielle

Driver 20h12, 2009
39.4 x 78.7 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$5,057

Mr Live, Arcade, Painting

Mr Live

Arcade, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$2,528

Cinz, L'explosion d'envies, Painting

Cinz

L'explosion d'envies, 2019
45.7 x 35 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,926

Sean Keith, Walk the Dog, Painting

Sean Keith

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

$2,300

Our recommendations Patopalomo, Nido, Painting

Patopalomo

Nido, 2017
21.7 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$843

Carlos Morago, Parque, Painting

Carlos Morago

Parque, 2016
11.8 x 19.7 inch
Painting

$2,769

Jimmy Yoshimura, Red eyes, Painting

Jimmy Yoshimura

Red eyes, 2009
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,528

Peter Carella, Blue Noir, Painting

Peter Carella

Blue Noir, 2020
48 x 52 x 2 inch
Painting

$2,170

Mr. Kami, The Meeting, Painting

Mr. Kami

The Meeting, 2021
8 x 12 inch
Painting

$1,400

Bootch, For my mouse, Painting

Bootch

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

$2,167

BTHX, Uncle vs Kaws, Painting

BTHX

Uncle vs Kaws, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$1,192

Pedro Flores, Superman, Batman y Mickey, Painting

Pedro Flores

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

$2,528

Igor Hofbauer, Firma, Painting

Igor Hofbauer

Firma, 2018
23.6 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$3,612

Michel Saint-Lambert, Au jardin, Painting

Michel Saint-Lambert

Au jardin, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$939

Luis Pérez Calvo, AC-DC, Painting

Luis Pérez Calvo

AC-DC, 2017
13.8 x 13 inch
Painting

$801

Nemesis, Villain, Painting

Nemesis

Villain, 2017
16 x 12 x 2 inch
Painting

$1,500

Thomas Bossard, Les Super-Héros, Superman, Painting

Thomas Bossard

Les Super-Héros, Superman, 2018
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$662

Bao Pham, Inspector Chaplin: It's an art crime affair, Painting

Bao Pham

Inspector Chaplin: It's an art crime affair, 2021
35.8 x 29.9 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$2,649

Francks Deceus, "Intersect #A7" - blue and green figurative painting on canvas with collage, Painting

Francks Deceus

"Intersect #A7" - blue and green figurative painting on canvas with collage, 2016
16 x 20 inch
Painting

$2,000

Our recommendations Mark Hopkins, Sunset Garden, Painting

Mark Hopkins

Sunset Garden, 2014
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,431

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

$2,408

Harleen X, Picsous, Painting

Harleen X

Picsous, 2021
39.4 x 31.5 inch
Painting

$2,889

Les Artistes Anonymes, Excelsior, Painting

Les Artistes Anonymes

Excelsior, 2020
24.8 x 34.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$482

Ophélie Mouco, Les Pots Cassés, Painting

Ophélie Mouco

Les Pots Cassés, 2021
18.5 x 18.5 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$1,084

Yves Henry, Le Garage De Pat, Painting

Yves Henry

Le Garage De Pat, 2020
43.3 x 43.3 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,491

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

$1,144

Rabe, Flash McQueen l'original, Painting

Rabe

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

$843

Benny Arte, Mickey Red Bull !!, Painting

Benny Arte

Mickey Red Bull !!, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,455

Najung Kim, Fantasy_ jelly, Painting

Najung Kim

Fantasy_ jelly, 2020
20.9 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$722

Signé Dupied, Hommage à Dubuffet Biographie, Painting

Signé Dupied

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

$3,491

Stéphane Perger, Tubular bulb, Painting

Stéphane Perger

Tubular bulb, 2016
17.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$722

Tones, Simple style Maxi format, Painting

Tones

Simple style Maxi format, 2018
66.9 x 141.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,033

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

$301

Aruta Soup, Kill Your Friends, Painting

Aruta Soup

Kill Your Friends, 2015
31.6 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,900

Massimo Giacon, Marx Attacks Again, Painting

Massimo Giacon

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

$10,354

Fanu, Double orange, Painting

Fanu

Double orange, 2009
76.8 x 59.1 inch
Painting

$6,622

Beatoa, Iron Man, Painting

Beatoa

Iron Man, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$3,792

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

$7,103

Alvin Silvrants, Waking up!, Painting

Alvin Silvrants

Waking up!, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$1,084

Sosaku Miyazaki, B.B., Painting

Sosaku Miyazaki

B.B., 2017
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Painting

$1,023

Daru, I'm your father Bitcoin, Painting

Daru

I'm your father Bitcoin, 2021
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$3,853

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