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High Comics Art

The Louvre and the Bande Dessinée

Margaret C. Flinn

Keywords: Christian Durieux; David Prudhomme; Enki Bilal; Éric Liberge; Louvre; Marc-Antoine Mathieu; Nicolas de Crécy; reflexivity

This article concerns the eight albums currently available in a series of bandes dessinées commissioned by the Louvre from established, well-respected bédéistes and co-published with Futuropolis since 2005. This successful, high-profile series has elicited positive critical response, but that response has also exposed persistent mutual antagonisms between bande dessinée and the establishment art world as represented by the Louvre Museum. These tensions between 'high' and 'low' culture can be read within the narratives of the albums themselves, in which we see reflexivity used to highlight bande dessinée's artistic value, and various types of obstruction and sensory impairments (realist and supernatural) are used to disrupt quotidian relationships to museum space.

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