Georges Remi, better known as Hergé, the creator of Tintin & Snowy, left an exceptional legacy, the center of which was Tintin's cartoon adventures, but also included much other work. From generation to generation, his creation has endured such that whatever their age, readers feel they have grown up with Tintin. Covering the years 1950 to 1983, this third and final volume of The Art of Hergé series presents a selection of Hergé's outstanding and often unpublished drawings, showing the diversity of his work and the range of his talent. The prolific outpost of the master of the "clear line" included advertisements, comic strips, illustrations, fashion designs and caricatures. In this series, Hergé's work is presented in chronological order, featuring many high-quality reproductions of the art. The artwork is accompanied by concise commentary, allowing us a closer look into the artist's daily routine and output.
“Michael Farr is responsible for a long list of lavishly illustrated works about Herge and his famous creation.... These albums are a sumptuous appreciation of Herge's working life. It's not just that they show in brilliant color the development of the stories and books. They also depict the immense variety and sheer profusion of his art. Here are covers done for Tintin magazine, Christmas cards, charity appeals, calendars, one-offs for promotion (e.g., a poster for a 1979 golf tournament showing Capt. Haddock taking a violent swing). Here, too, are Herge's abstract paintings and some lovely autobiographical sketches (one from 1947 shows the overworked artist plagued by a cat perched on his shoulder and watched over carefully by a scowling Tintin holding a cat-o'-nine-tails). The drudgery and magic of a great graphic artist's life both shine through these volumes. They are the single best thing ever likely to be published about Tintin or Herge.” - Wall Street Journal
“An excellent introduction...” - The School Library Journal, on Farr's Adventures of Herge
Philippe Goddin was born in 1944. He is considered to be one of the top experts on Hergé's life and oeuvre. He has been studying Hergé's art for more than 30 years, and has published several books on the subject. Goddin was fortunate enough to know Hergé and to be acquainted with many of his friends and colleagues. Most of the documents produced in this series come from the Studios Hergé, where Philippe Goddin directed the research and archives for more than 10 years.