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In the next volume in co-edition with the Louvre museum we go back to the very origins of the Louvre as a museum: the tumultuous years of the French revolution. Its also the story of another painting, that of the young Bara, a 13 year old martyr of the Republic. From the inauguration of the Louvre, former royal palace, as the museum for the people, to the death of RobespieIn the next volume in co-edition with the Louvre museum we go back to the very origins of the Louvre as a museum: the tumultuous years of the French revolution. Its also the story of another painting, that of the young Bara, a 13 year old martyr of the Republic. From the inauguration of the Louvre, former royal palace, as the museum for the people, to the death of Robespierre, this is also the portrayal of the face to face of two major actors of a revolution in a great hurry. Robespierre appears equally enlightened and lost while David accomplishes his destiny: a painter torn between political engagement and artistic ambition. Yslaire, one the great stars of French comics, delivers a stunning masterwork in an epic and disturbing graphic novel seeped in a dramatic and fascinating period of history....

Title : The Sky Over the Louvre
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ISBN : 9781561636020
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 72 Pages
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The Sky Over the Louvre Reviews

  • Nathalie
    2019-02-14 20:01

    8 Aout 1793, sous la Révolution Française le musée du Louvre est inauguré par Robespierre,Danton et Jacques Louis David, dit David."Ouvrir un musée est un devoir révolutionnaire - C'est mettre à la disposition du peuple des œuvres d'art usurpées par quelques-uns ... C'est offrir au peuple des exemples de patriotisme et de vertu. dans l'ancienne demeure des tyrans, Car la république doit se défendre par les armes, mais aussi par les idées, par les images, par les symboles, par la beauté ..." C'est l'époque sombre de La Terreur, orchestrée par l'Incorruptible Robespierre,la veuve fait tomber les têtes. Afin de mettre en place le culte de l'Etre Suprême établie par Robespierre, David doit en réaliser le portrait, il choisit le jeune Jules Stern, originaire de Khazarie comme modèle. Yslaire nous entraine dans les méandres du Louvres, de la Convention et son tribunal populaire. Ses dessins si expressifs, son univers sombre interpellent, il fait revivre de nombreux de chefs d'œuvre. Bande dessinée écrite en collaboration avec JC Carrière

  • Wendy
    2019-01-31 22:29

    This book is co-produced by the Louvre. The vivid use of red illustrates the bloodiness of the Reign of Terror while also symbolizing (I think) the rising new republic of France. The author handles complex history without being didactic, but letting the illustrations and character devolution depict the horrific events, the control of many through terror, the distortion of reality to create a "new reality" upon which a republic can be built (art as creation/art as propaganda). I needed to reread some history of the French Revolution to follow the story line that jumps a bit (but that could be the extreme nerd in me). Robespierre & David are central figures in this story as is the invented "Jules Stein." I think he serves to provide an omniscient perspective of the devouring/imploding force of the increasing madness of the revolution and to depict the randomness of those guillotined, particularly as the revolution nears the end and the leaders begin to turn upon themselves and others in an effort to maintain power.

  • Rob
    2019-02-01 23:21

    Very interesting graphic novel -- and absolutely beautiful art! It gives a glimpse of the Terror of the French Revolution but keeps its focus on the microcosm of the attempt to create two pieces of art to celebrate the Republic. I felt a little bit like I'd been thrown in on the deep end of French history -- there are surely names & figures I was unaware of that someone born & educated in France would likely recognize on sight. It's a short book, with no time for lingering -- once the point of a scene is made, the chapter ends, giving the book a bit of a herky-jerky feel. But the art is incredible, and read in once sitting, the chapters accumulate to create the feeling of the oppressive dread of a system run amok.

  • Christopher Obert
    2019-02-19 20:11

    This graphic novel is like a piece of fine art. The story by Jean-Claude Carrière was moving and the art by Bernar Yslaire fit perfectly. I do not know much about the French Revolution but I knew that it was very bloody. I am not sure how much of this story is fact and how much is fiction but it reflected a ray of hope in a troubled time. I recommend this book because the illustrations are wonderful and the storyline intriguing.

  • Jack Cheng
    2019-02-03 04:30

    Graphic novel about the political and theological climate around the French Revolution and Robespierre's assignment to David to paint a "Supreme Being."I think I missed a lot of context.The art is an appealing mix of Edward Sorel-like sketchiness and actual paintings photoshopped into backgrounds. The best part of the book, I found, had to do with the creation of art -- posing, sketching.

  • Belinda
    2019-02-10 04:01

    Enchanting!! One of the most stunning books I have read in a long time. A beautiful combination of new art mixed seamlessly with master works by Giradot, David, and others and put out by the Louvre. A wonderful and haunting story of the French Revolution from both a historical and artistic point of view. Absolutely adored it.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-31 23:08

    Not being very well versed in either French Revolutionary history or the art history of the period, I would be interested in knowing how much of this was fiction and how much was fact, at least regarding the central painting. Quite a good story, though not quite "comic-y" enough for me. And Jules' eyebrow was just weird, especially since he was supposed to be so angelic.

  • Margot
    2019-02-17 23:08

    The art work was excellent and I really enjoyed learning about the "Reign of Terror" through the graphic novel genre. Some of the explanatory pages that introduced chapters were very poorly done. The contrast between text and the background was really not sharp enough.

  • Jim
    2019-02-11 21:29

    one of the best graphic non-fiction books i've read in a while. librarians take note though, this one will be inviting censorship issues - the book is about art in france it has nudity - lots of it.

  • Claudia
    2019-02-01 21:05

    Artwork is quite lovely.

  • Pascale
    2019-02-04 21:24

    Une vision intéressante de la révolution française du point de vu d'un artiste du Louvre (David). J'ai beaucoup aimé.

  • Sylvester
    2019-02-21 04:17

    Beautiful art. So interesting to follow the story of a painting.

  • Dhali
    2019-02-07 03:13

    Beautiful graphic novel, a fabulous idea but sadly I don't know enough about the French Revolution to make sense of the plot, such as it was.

  • Aiko
    2019-02-16 04:02

    Not for me. At all.

  • Jane
    2019-01-23 04:29

    To be honest, I have no idea what to make of this book. It does bring to life the Terror (Paris, 1794) through the eyes of an artist. Great use of the graphic novel format.

  • Matthew
    2019-02-07 23:09

    Beautifully rendered slice of French history.

  • Marion
    2019-01-26 01:07

    Saw this graphic novel on display at the Lansdale Library and had to check it out. Louvre, David, Robespierre and more in the time of the French Revolution.

  • Tiffin-Seneca Public Library
    2019-02-01 00:18

    Lovely artwork, engaging story. Requires you to know the history of the French Revolution to understand a lot of the plot, but a gorgeous example of the graphic novel format, nonetheless.