Cruising Through the Louvre

Co-published by the Louvre Museum in Paris, this graphic novel takes the form of a surreal stroll through the renowned institution, and has just been translated into English.

The Louvre launched its own graphic novel collection ten years ago, offering carte blanche to a meticulously chosen panel of artists such as the Frenchmen Nicolas de Crécy and Étienne Davodeau, the American Joe Sacco and the Japanese artist Taiyo Matsumoto. Their only constraint was that the story had to take place in the halls and corridors of the Louvre. The Bordeaux-based graphic novelist David Prudhomme rose to the challenge with relish, choosing to hold up a mirror to our culture of perspective instead of reproducing the works of art. He focuses less on the works that are observed, and more on those who observe them — thousands of pairs of eyes from all over the world who come to gaze upon these cultural treasures.

Adopting a style akin to Sempé and Blotch, and always with a pinch of humor, he depicts interplaying perspectives and diverse viewpoints, the exhausting marathon tour


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