Sunday, March 26, 2017

Herge & Bernard Buffet Exhibits

An overcast Sunday in Paris meant Doug and I had ample time to visit 2 special exhibits.

The Grand Palais, built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900, hosted Herge -  the story of Belgian artist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name of Herge.  He's regarded the father of European comics because of his beloved character Tintin, who traveled around the world with his dog Snowy.

Remi also was successful with Atelier Herge-Publicite advertising posters and publicity campaigns.

The bookstore at the  Grand Palais had a wonderful selection of books on Herge's career and development of The Adventures of Tintin series.

We then spent the afternoon at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, between the Champs-Elysees and the Eiffel Tower, to see the Bernard Buffet exhibit.  Established in 1961, it occupies the east wing of the Palais de Tokyo, which was built for the 1937 World's Fair.

Although Buffet was accused of "crude realism and crass commercialization," he's considered one of the most famous French painters of the 20th century.

The bookstore carried a number of books on Buffet's legacy as one of Europe's most popular painters in the late 1950s.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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