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Comics Print

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 Prints

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Philippe Geluck, Les 20 statues, Print

Philippe Geluck

Les 20 statues, 2021
27.6 x 22 inch
Print

$248

Yaniv Edery, Rolex Bart, Print

Yaniv Edery

Rolex Bart, 2021
31.9 x 24 x 1.4 inch
Print

$9,805

Sandra Chevrier, The Beauty of Liberty and Equality (with Shepard Fairey), Print

Sandra Chevrier

The Beauty of Liberty and Equality (with Shepard Fairey), 2020
36 x 24 inch
Print

$3,351

Our recommendations John Matos Crash, Craash !, Print

John Matos Crash

Craash !, 2016
39.4 x 27.6 inch
Print

$993

Ben Frost, Oxycookie, Print

Ben Frost

Oxycookie, 2020
7.1 x 7.1 inch
Print

$844

Jeff Gillette, Goofy Slums, Print

Jeff Gillette

Goofy Slums, 2020
12 x 16 inch
Print

$434

Maria Qamar, Party, Print

Maria Qamar

Party, 2020
40 x 30 inch
Print

$500

Stefan Thelen / Super A, The Syndicate, Print

Stefan Thelen / Super A

The Syndicate, 2019
31.6 x 24.8 x 2 inch
Print

$1,216

Ludovic Debeurme, Fils Masque, Print

Ludovic Debeurme

Fils Masque, 2016
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 inch
Print

$112

Maxime Lhermet, Maxell, Print

Maxime Lhermet

Maxell, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$149

Javier Calleja, Festival De Malaga (It Was Ok), Print

Javier Calleja

Festival De Malaga (It Was Ok), 2020
5.7 x 8.3 inch
Print

$807

André Franquin, Gaston, Print

André Franquin

Gaston, 1987
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Print

$1,551

Lady Pink, Team Work, Print

Lady Pink

Team Work, 2018
21 x 24 inch
Print

$310

David Prudhomme, The L Train, Print

David Prudhomme

The L Train, 2019
17.7 x 12.8 x 0 inch
Print

$372

Ingela P Arrhenius, On the Go !, Print

Ingela P Arrhenius

On the Go !, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$50

Robert Crumb, Don't Worry, Print

Robert Crumb

Don't Worry, 1986
24.8 x 28.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$2,234

Rémi Malingrëy, L'imprimerie moderne, Print

Rémi Malingrëy

L'imprimerie moderne, 2013
11.8 x 7.9 inch
Print

$124

Walter Battiss, Fook Book I, Print

Walter Battiss

Fook Book I, 1975
9.1 x 7.9 x 1.2 inch
Print

$2,482

Prisme, Spider, Print

Prisme

Spider, 2019
31.5 x 23.6 inch
Print

$248

Julien Durix, Man who paints faster than his shadow, Print

Julien Durix

Man who paints faster than his shadow, 2020
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch
Print

$465

Philippe Druillet, Itaï Ed. 2019 - Red, Print

Philippe Druillet

Itaï Ed. 2019 - Red, 2019
4.3 x 2.8 x 1.6 inch
Print

$310

Marabout, Luxury Raft N°2/9, Print

Marabout

Luxury Raft N°2/9, 2017
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Print

$3,599

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Page 8, Print

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Page 8, 2021
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Print

$273

Abdessemed Adel, Jardin d'Hélène, Print

Abdessemed Adel

Jardin d'Hélène, 2013
7.9 x 9.8 inch
Print

$1,613

D*Face Dean Stockton, Careless Whispers, Print

D*Face Dean Stockton

Careless Whispers, 2019
20.9 x 39.4 inch
Print

$2,450

Mark Drew, I Never Let A Statue Tell Me How Nice I Am - Tribe Called Quest, Print

Mark Drew

I Never Let A Statue Tell Me How Nice I Am - Tribe Called Quest, 2018
11 x 16 inch
Print

$2,979

Claude Hemeret, Fenêtre sur jardin, Print

Claude Hemeret

Fenêtre sur jardin, 1985
20.9 x 15 inch
Print

$236

Jacques Tardi, Tardi "Nestor Burma 19 ème arrondissement de Paris", Print

Jacques Tardi

Tardi "Nestor Burma 19 ème arrondissement de Paris", 2017
15.7 x 27.6 inch
Print

$434

Mister Tucks, Temple Trasher, Print

Mister Tucks

Temple Trasher, 2016
11.4 x 16.5 inch
Print

$310

Yannick Fournié, Never Breathe, Print

Yannick Fournié

Never Breathe, 2020
15.7 x 27.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$354

Hikari Shimoda, Stand Up Savior, Print

Hikari Shimoda

Stand Up Savior, 2020
25.2 x 20.1 inch
Print

$745

Frank Stella, Whitney Museum of American Art, 13 January - 13 March 1983, Print

Frank Stella

Whitney Museum of American Art, 13 January - 13 March 1983, 1983
74.8 x 52 inch
Print

$6,206

Notte, Rise of a publicist mad men, Print

Notte

Rise of a publicist mad men, 2020
59.1 x 78.7 x 0 inch
Print

$3,351

Natalie Laudon, Superman, Print

Natalie Laudon

Superman, 2018
31.5 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Print

$2,855

Nagsoul, Et ce n'est pas un faux, Print

Nagsoul

Et ce n'est pas un faux, 2019
7.9 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch
Print

$149

Jacques de Loustal, Black Dog, Print

Jacques de Loustal

Black Dog, 2017
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$137

Cosmicg, L.A. Blond, Print

Cosmicg

L.A. Blond, 2016
23.6 x 35.4 x 1.6 inch
Print

$1,862

Our recommendations Aurélie William Levaux, S.O.S., Print

Aurélie William Levaux

S.O.S., 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$186

Roman Klonek, Soft at the top, Print

Roman Klonek

Soft at the top, 2014
24 x 19.3 x 1.6 inch
Print

$931

Joël Hubaut, Vaudou Normand, Print

Joël Hubaut

Vaudou Normand, 2011
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$186

Zak, Young Forever, Print

Zak

Young Forever, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 0.6 inch
Print

$559

David Shrigley, Fucking Ace, Print

David Shrigley

Fucking Ace, 2018
29.9 x 22 x 0 inch
Print

$5,015

Antoine Graff, Monade illustrée, Print

Antoine Graff

Monade illustrée, 2019
49.2 x 33.5 x 5.3 inch
Print

$6,826

André Juillard, New-York Paris, Print

André Juillard

New-York Paris, 2019
15.7 x 58.3 inch
Print

$372

Nadine Van Der Straeten, Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 53, Print

Nadine Van Der Straeten

Jeanne Hébuterne - Planche 53, 2017
16.5 x 11.7 x 0.4 inch
Print

$608

Tones, Back in the days, Print

Tones

Back in the days, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$169

John Love, Web of Spiderman Shit, Print

John Love

Web of Spiderman Shit, 2015
17.7 x 12.6 x 0 inch
Print

$148

Ugo Bienvenu, À bout de souffle - Regular, Print

Ugo Bienvenu

À bout de souffle - Regular, 2018
36 x 24 inch
Print

$242

Serge Clerc, Phil perfect au Palais Royal, Print

Serge Clerc

Phil perfect au Palais Royal, 2010
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Print

$186

Jack Beal, Solzhenitsyn, Print

Jack Beal

Solzhenitsyn, 1971
30 x 20 inch
Print

$700

Guido Crepax, From Valentina to O, Print

Guido Crepax

From Valentina to O, 1976
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

< $ 2,500

François Boucq, Les Picasso rencontrent les Mouucherot, Print

François Boucq

Les Picasso rencontrent les Mouucherot, 2019
19.7 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Print

$248

Alessandro Rabatti, Flashbank, Print

Alessandro Rabatti

Flashbank, 2015
17.9 x 15.2 inch
Print

$683

Michel Rouge, Craig Bellamy, Gunfighter, Print

Michel Rouge

Craig Bellamy, Gunfighter, 2020
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Print

$273

Honet, Ritual & Romance, Print

Honet

Ritual & Romance, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$521

Frédéric Clavère, Sans titre, Print

Frédéric Clavère

Sans titre, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch
Print

$186

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

Apollonia Saintclair

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

$310

Studio Abawé, Untitled, Print

Studio Abawé

Untitled, 2019
16.7 x 11.6 inch
Print

$73

Shepard Fairey (Obey), Bad Brains Fully Band, Print

Shepard Fairey (Obey)

Bad Brains Fully Band, 2012
24 x 18.1 inch
Print

$621

Anthea Missy, Ambigender Lovers, Print

Anthea Missy

Ambigender Lovers, 2017
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Print

$161

Robert Combas, Plus jamais ça !, Print

Robert Combas

Plus jamais ça !, 2013
12.6 x 9.4 x 0.4 inch
Print

$2,730

Sandra Chevrier, La cage et le Coeur de la Bête, Print

Sandra Chevrier

La cage et le Coeur de la Bête, 2019
35.4 x 27.2 x 0.4 inch
Print

$3,190

Philippe Geluck, Bonheur, Print

Philippe Geluck

Bonheur, 2019
19.7 x 15.7 inch
Print

$186

Erró, De la série "A travers…22", Print

Erró

De la série "A travers…22", 1994
12.2 x 9.1 inch
Print

$310

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