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Cruising through the Louvre
2016
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  Library Journal Review

"It's like walking inside a giant comic book," exults Prudhomme (Rebetiko) as he roams the Louvre. Soon he focuses on other viewers, and how viewers and art interact. Many museumgoers take photos, borrowing the images for themselves. Numerous individuals and groups echo poses from the art, by design or not. Others seem to merge with the art, as Prudhomme views the collaborative visual effect. Couples in art contrast with couples in life. Some visitors substitute their own heads over the necks of headless statues, or poke their faces into the open mouths of animal figures. The effect is a droll, multilayered commentary on the human imagination featuring the art, the viewers themselves, the viewer/art interactions, and Prudhomme's own agenda-which includes attempts to find his lost companion, visualized as one of the missing heads. The charming colored pencil art varies in levels of detail; sometimes the art is more realistic than the humans, at other times the reverse is true. VERDICT Anyone teaching art appreciation or beginning-level art history will learn from this quirky catalog of how people behave around art. Its "life imitates art" sous-texte promises to amuse others attracted to visual humor.-M.C. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Rather than focusing on one specific artist or masterpiece, as in previous volumes of NBM's Louvre Collection graphic novel series, this book celebrates the experience of the Louvre itself, in subtle, soft pencils and pastels. Seen through the thoughtful eye of protagonist Prudhomme, the Louvre is a city of its own, filled with celebrities, quirks, familiar and oddball traditions; a microcosm of civilization exists among its myriad visitors. The gentle lines of Prudhomme's art reproduce the masterworks in delicate detail, but his people are the stars: a man napping on a bench, a class gathered around their teacher, a woman intently sketching a statue. Modern technology is also part of the experience: Prudhomme talks loudly on his cell phone while strolling the galleries, and the Mona Lisa is barely glimpsed from behind cell phone screens taking her photo. With its intimate eye on the human act of appreciating art, this book revels in the Louvre as a shared adventure that complements and illuminates its famous art. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Author David Prudhomme meanders through the Louvre, feeling as if in the panels of a giant comic while he himself is creating his own. In this institution, all manner of people from all over the world rub elbows quietly. So he decides to cruise through the Louvre at a quick pace, not to look at the art but to observe the people and their interaction with it. For two hours, Prudhomme is witness to a strange, silent and casual choreography, danced in the midst of one of the most prestigious museums in the world.
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