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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


Sounya Whang, Jeune fille dormant, Painting

Sounya Whang

Jeune fille dormant, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch


Francky Boy, Course et Munch, Painting

Francky Boy

Course et Munch, 2020
28.7 x 36.2 x 0.8 inch


San São, I wish he had Bitcoins, Painting

San São

I wish he had Bitcoins, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 inch


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

Anthony Ferrero (Wear One)

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


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


Xavier Jambon, Le Banquet, Painting

Xavier Jambon

Le Banquet, 2020
23.6 x 47.2 inch


Cacou, 1971, Painting


1971, 2019
39.4 x 19.7 x 1.2 inch


Janusz Orzechowski, When Batman meets Superman, Painting

Janusz Orzechowski

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


Laurelle Bessé, La terrasse du peintre, Painting

Laurelle Bessé

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


Yoz, Harley Quinn, Painting


Harley Quinn, 2021
47.2 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


Moolinex, Le nid, Painting


Le nid, 2018
39.4 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Camille Adra, Sans titre, Painting

Camille Adra

Sans titre, 2013
57.5 x 38.2 x 0.4 inch


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


Maria Qamar, Pakka Promise, Painting

Maria Qamar

Pakka Promise, 2020
48 x 48 inch


Louis-Paul Ordonneau, Fier comme un coq, Painting

Louis-Paul Ordonneau

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


Hervé Di Rosa, Classic Race, Painting

Hervé Di Rosa

Classic Race, 2018
40.2 x 39.8 x 1.2 inch


Benjamin SPaRK, No party, Painting

Benjamin SPaRK

No party, 2016
20.9 x 13.4 x 0.4 inch


Anick Langelier, Mickey s'énerve, Painting

Anick Langelier

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


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


Cross Magri, Mickey Nature, Painting

Cross Magri

Mickey Nature, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch


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


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

Stéphane Moscato (STF)

The sleepwalker, 2017
37.4 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch


Benjamin Capdevielle, Driver 20h12, Painting

Benjamin Capdevielle

Driver 20h12, 2009
39.4 x 78.7 x 2.4 inch


Mr Live, Arcade, Painting

Mr Live

Arcade, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Cinz, L'explosion d'envies, Painting


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


Sean Keith, Walk the Dog, Painting

Sean Keith

Walk the Dog, 2019
14 x 14 x 1 inch


Our recommendations Patopalomo, Nido, Painting


Nido, 2017
21.7 x 18.1 x 1.2 inch


Carlos Morago, Parque, Painting

Carlos Morago

Parque, 2016
11.8 x 19.7 inch


Jimmy Yoshimura, Red eyes, Painting

Jimmy Yoshimura

Red eyes, 2009
23.6 x 23.6 x 2 inch


Peter Carella, Blue Noir, Painting

Peter Carella

Blue Noir, 2020
48 x 52 x 2 inch


Mr. Kami, The Meeting, Painting

Mr. Kami

The Meeting, 2021
8 x 12 inch


Bootch, For my mouse, Painting


For my mouse, 2016
45.7 x 27.2 x 0.4 inch


BTHX, Uncle vs Kaws, Painting


Uncle vs Kaws, 2021
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch


Pedro Flores, Superman, Batman y Mickey, Painting

Pedro Flores

Superman, Batman y Mickey, 2019
37.4 x 39.4 inch


Igor Hofbauer, Firma, Painting

Igor Hofbauer

Firma, 2018
23.6 x 31.5 inch


Michel Saint-Lambert, Au jardin, Painting

Michel Saint-Lambert

Au jardin, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch


Luis Pérez Calvo, AC-DC, Painting

Luis Pérez Calvo

AC-DC, 2017
13.8 x 13 inch


Nemesis, Villain, Painting


Villain, 2017
16 x 12 x 2 inch


Thomas Bossard, Les Super-Héros, Superman, Painting

Thomas Bossard

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


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


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


Our recommendations Mark Hopkins, Sunset Garden, Painting

Mark Hopkins

Sunset Garden, 2014
27.2 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch


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


Harleen X, Picsous, Painting

Harleen X

Picsous, 2021
39.4 x 31.5 inch


Les Artistes Anonymes, Excelsior, Painting

Les Artistes Anonymes

Excelsior, 2020
24.8 x 34.6 x 1.2 inch


Ophélie Mouco, Les Pots Cassés, Painting

Ophélie Mouco

Les Pots Cassés, 2021
18.5 x 18.5 x 0.1 inch


Yves Henry, Le Garage De Pat, Painting

Yves Henry

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


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


Rabe, Flash McQueen l'original, Painting


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


Benny Arte, Mickey Red Bull !!, Painting

Benny Arte

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


Najung Kim, Fantasy_ jelly, Painting

Najung Kim

Fantasy_ jelly, 2020
20.9 x 16.1 x 0.8 inch


Signé Dupied, Hommage à Dubuffet Biographie, Painting

Signé Dupied

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


Stéphane Perger, Tubular bulb, Painting

Stéphane Perger

Tubular bulb, 2016
17.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch


Tones, Simple style Maxi format, Painting


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


Poka, Il libro delle mie favole preferite, Painting


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


Aruta Soup, Kill Your Friends, Painting

Aruta Soup

Kill Your Friends, 2015
31.6 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch


Massimo Giacon, Marx Attacks Again, Painting

Massimo Giacon

Marx Attacks Again, 2019
89.4 x 70.1 x 2 inch


Fanu, Double orange, Painting


Double orange, 2009
76.8 x 59.1 inch


Beatoa, Iron Man, Painting


Iron Man, 2021
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch


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


Alvin Silvrants, Waking up!, Painting

Alvin Silvrants

Waking up!, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 1.4 inch


Sosaku Miyazaki, B.B., Painting

Sosaku Miyazaki

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


Daru, I'm your father Bitcoin, Painting


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


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