Prints : Benoit

Le défilé Arumbaya

Le défilé Arumbaya

This is in fact one of the very rare drawings done in homage to “Tintin” by Ted Benoit, who himself was the artist most solicited to do pieces dedicated to the world of Hergé or Jacobs. “The joy of this type of image” confides the author of “Vers la ligne claire”, “is the total freedom it brings, because this general idea, drawn from your own imagination, will doubtless be more elegant than a direct response to the original source. What interested me that day was to convey the sense of space and volume of the studio where I lived at the time. Practically empty and totally white, as when I had visited it a year earlier. And given that what motivates me is to draw the void (in this case, the vast expanse of carpet that comes between the observer and the corridor) the impression of space was made all the stronger by positioning a striking detail in the corridor. And what could be more striking, anywhere, than a carved Arumbaya fetish figure? No doubt, someone has already written an exegesis on it, but suffice it to say that “L’oreille cassée” strikes me as an extended nightmare, and the carved fetish as a particularly vivid expression of the unconscious.“

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