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Friday 15 November 2013

Review: TinTin the Art of Hergé

The iconic artwork of Hergé has been captured in this stunning collectible book, featuring an eyeboggling collection from the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. With text written by Michel Daubert and translated from the French by Michael Farr, this is, in essence, a museum in a book.

There are seven chapters in this square, bricklike tome, which follows the sequence of the museum's rooms.

The first chapter explores the museum proper while the second explores the life of a young street urchin--Georges Remi--and how he become known as Hergé.

Chapter three introduces his cast of characters, on paper, then chapter four explores the artist's sources and inspiration. TinTin lovers will adore chapter five, resplendent with background information on the character's creation as well as the real life events and obsessions that fuelled Hergé's creativity and subsequently formed his works.

Chapter six covers the fame of this extraordinary creator, and chapter seven features each and every book, with cover and blurb.

Featuring an astonishing assortment of photographs, drawings, diagrams and other imagery, both old and new, this book is both an homage to Hergé and a celebration of the TinTin legacy. Beautifully designed and brilliantly produced, it's a must-have for TinTin fans or for anyone interested in 20th Century art, design or legend.

Title: TinTin The Art of Hergé
Author: Michel Daubert
Photographer: meeno 
Publisher: Abrams, $49.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 October 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781419710933
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book, Compendium, Art