Hergé (Georges Remi)

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Hergé (Georges Remi)
Album of photographs at the time of Tintin's birth with captions and drawings. Set of 154 original photographs, vintage silver prints, 1928-1932 (11 x 6.5 to 6 x 4 cm), 3 original white gouache drawings by Hergé integrated into the photo collage. Albumen prints mounted on 20 sheets of soft brown cardboard recto and verso, with 8 autograph captions (places and dates) by Hergé painted in white gouache, and an autograph caption by Germaine Kieckens in white pencil. Devauchelle box. Exceptional testimony to the birth of Tintin in 1929, the personal period photographic album of Hergé and his wife Germaine Kieckens, featuring over 150 original photographs, most of them unpublished, captioned in gouache by Hergé, with 3 original period drawings by Hergé. These photographs, almost entirely unpublished, come from the personal album of Tintin's creator, Georges Remi alias Hergé (1907-1983). Hergé and Germaine Kieckens were colleagues before their marriage in 1931, and photographed each other on every possible occasion: on excursions, canoeing trips, picnics, at the seaside, on the Eiffel Tower, in front of the Brandenburg Gate... "After their marriage, Hergé and Germaine Kieckens photographed each other on every possible occasion. "After their wedding, Hergé arranged them in the first household photo album, and embellished them with little cartoons," writes Hergé biographer Philippe Goddin. We also see the young illustrator at work in 1931, on the premises of Vingtième Siècle where Tintin had just been born, in the park of the Brussels Botanical Gardens near the newspaper's headquarters. Among the other people shown in these photos is Abbé Norbert Wallez, patron of Vingtième Siècle, who in 1927 hired the then 20-year-old Hergé, then put him in charge of the new weekly supplement Le Petit Vingtième, inaugurated in November 1928, where Tintin's adventures first appeared in January 1929. Wallez was the first to believe in the future of his young collaborator, and it was he who launched Tintin. Germaine Kiekens was Wallez's secretary at the newspaper, and that's how Hergé met her. The album also features Philippe Gérard, a great friend of Hergé's from youth and co-writer of several early Tintin albums; the twin brothers Alexis and Léon Remi, Hergé's father and uncle and models for the Dupond-Duponts; and Hergé's brother Paul Remi, one of the sources of inspiration for the Tintin character. The set is enhanced by three original drawings in the humorous spirit of Quick and Flupke. Hergé and his wife have a snowball fight, and a children's train wobbles on uneven tracks. These exceptional documents show the intimacy of a highly secretive creator in his earliest days. Provenance: Georges Remi and Germaine Kieckens.
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