Prints : Yslaire

La séance de photo - Opus 2

La séance de photo - Opus 2

The Austrian, Frank Stern, and Fabienne Rouge d’Yeu, the Frenchwoman, are at the centre of a “XXe Ciel” that marks a turning point in Yslaire’s career. From that point on, he would create works of bande dessinée for his own pleasure. “It took me twenty-five years. Before that, it was a stolen pleasure.” he confides in “La légende des Sambre.” On the occasion of the publication of “Sambre” he would, no doubt, have made his own the beautiful yet terrible phrase uttered by Paul Cuvelier, the author of “Corentin”, at the time of his death. “I endured the hell of having half-opened the doors of paradise.” “In his day” remembers Yslaire, “Cuvelier was considered to be a genius, but he suffered all his life from the idea that he could never achieve perfection. I, too, have pushed perfectionism beyond its limits; to the point where I asked myself: does my act of creation have to be suffering, does it have to achieve romantic excess, does it have to be Sambre?. I’d had enough of that. I’d like to enjoy myself, as well. I wanted to do something that would relate to my own self, even though a certain element of my suffering came from my desire to reflect what was happening in bande dessinée.”

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