The adventures of the most famous Belgian reporter and the first man on the moon, Tintin began in the cold winter of January 1929. Almost a hundred years since his first journey to the land of Soviets, this loveable plump-cheeked boy continues to be one of the most popular comic characters ever created. The adventures of Tintin have been translated into more than seventy languages and have sold over 230 million copies.

However, the creator of Tintin, Georges Remi, better known as Hergé, has often been eclipsed by his bequiffed hero and his faithful canine buddy, Snowy (and many other of his characters, from Captain Haddock to Thompson and Thompson). Now, the Grand Palais, Paris attempts to rectify this gap with a brand new exhibition, Hergé that opens to the public today.

Herge - Tintin - 2016 Art Exhibition at Grand Palais | Paris
Hergé, Studios Hergé, Bruxelles, 1969. © Vagn Hansen – collection Studios Hergé

With an intelligent structuring, the exhibition revolves around the life and personality of the pioneer of ligne claire style, his possessions and obsessions, his various sources of inspiration and friendships. There are beautiful illustrations on the wall, original sketches from his archives, the first Tintin strips that appeared in Le Petit Vingtième, Hergé’s work at Le Soir during the German occupation of Belgium, and the pencil-drawn notes of Tintin and Alph-Art left unfinished at the time of Hergé’s death.

Herge - Tintin - 2016 Art Exhibition at Grand Palais | Paris
Hergé, Pencil-drawn notes for The Adventures of Tintin: Tintin and the Alph-Art. Collection Studios Hergé © Hergé/Moulinsart 2016
Billions of blue blistering barnacles! Hergé comes to Paris
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