When a wealthy sponsor asks Hélias Dall to bring Courbet’s daringly explicit masterpiece, The Origine of the World overseas to him, the explorer divises a clever plan: he will ask his friend Paul Gauguin to cover the scandalous painting with an innocent country landscape, one that no border guard will suspect. In Pont-Aven, a small town invaded by artists, Helias finds Gauguin fully engaged in an aesthetic revolution. Around this bubblingly creative character, takes place the adventure of a mysterious picture.
Bruno Le Floc’h (1957-2012) was a cartoonist, scriptwriter and colourist, as well as the author of illustrated albums that have become classics, translated into a number of languages: Au bord du monde (Delcourt, 2003), Trois éclats blancs (Delcourt, 2003), Chroniques Outremers (Dargaud, 2014).
Key Sales Points
– A quasi-romantic storyline that draws as much from human psychology as from the action.
– At the end of the book, an artistic notebook with the author’s sketches and research, together with previously unpublished discussions of the undertaking, informed by interviews with friends, relatives and specialists.