Pablo

Written by Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie; Edward Gauvin (Translator)
Written by Julie Birmant
and Clément Oubrerie
Translated by Edward Gauvin

SelfMadeHero, April 2015.

An award-winning graphic biography of one of the world’s best-loved artists, Pablo follows Picasso’s artistic career from his impoverished origins to the advent of modern art. Taking in the artist’s early life among the bohemians of Montmartre, with all of its scandal and frustration, and his turbulent relationship with his model and lover Fernande, Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie show how Picasso’s style developed in response to his friendships and rivalries. An entertaining and beautifully drawn account, this authoritative graphic novel explores the themes and obsessions - among them, sex, death and his great nemesis, Henri Matisse - that drove Picasso to express himself.

About the authors

Julie Birmant is a former Director of the prestigious Brussels film school INSAS. She has made documentaries on popular science for the RTBF (Radio Television Belge Francophone) and co-edited a number of issues of the Journal of Alternative Theatre. She writes plays and produces documentaries for France Culture.

Clément Oubrerie is a French artist. Born in Paris in 1966, he has illustrated over 40 books. He studied graphic arts at the ESAG before spending two years in the United States, where he published his first children's books. His first graphic novel, Aya of Yop City, was published in 2005. Aya won the First Book Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, the Children's Africana Book Award, and the Glyph Award. It was also nominated for the Quill Award, the YALSA Great Graphic Novels list, and the Eisner Award, as well as making best-of lists in The Washington Post, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

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