Saturday, May 14, 2005

The Three Musketeers

Growing up in South America I fantasized with moving to Paris on many iddle nights. France, I thought, was the coolest place on earth besides New York City, for obvious reasons of course (wine, cheese, croissants, Asterix and Lucky Luke comics, Ingres, Degas, Brigitte Bardot and Charles Aznavour) but mainly because Moebius was french and french also were these 3 amazing monsters: Jean Mulatier, Patrice Ricord and Jean-Claude Morchoisne, who are in no small part responsible for adding fuel to my burning passion for caricature.

Ricord and Mulatier are clearly the most gifted of the three, they don't simply capture likeness but the essence of the subject's character and personality, at times it's not easy to tell them apart but if you look real hard you'll notice the distinct differences in style. Morchoisne's faces lack depth and that certain "human quality" but are none the less very appealing.

Here are just some of the dopest, craziest, most wonderful depictions of flawed leaders and other malaise.

Thanks to the kind Mustafa Kandaz for helping me compile this "exhibition", providing scans of great quality. Some of the images posted here come from an out of print dutch book called: "Het grote smoelenboek"

All images are the copyright of the artists, reproduced here for review purposes only.



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Abrazos,
-A

5 comments:

wcr1 said...

Never heard of these guys, of course (only recently found out about Morpheus), but there's a lot to like, especially Ricord. His caricatures remind me a little of Kruger, but without the latter's sadistic streak.

I like best the straight portraits on Ricord's web site, with their cross-hatch style. If this is colored pencil, it's exquisite.

wcr1 said...

Okay, got home and re-viewed your posts. The Mulatier Carter caricature (color) is suitably vicious.

(Yes, I like Carter.)

-bill

Big AL said...

I was introduced to these fellows about '94. I have a couple of their small pocket books which show them metamorphosing Politicians and other subjects into animals in about 3 steps. Great stuff! Such wonderful volume.

Gotta love that last one!

northwesterner said...

I have only recently discovered the artist Mulatier, and unfortunately, the pirates who appropriate and profit greatly from his work. Thanks for posting such a useful comparision of the process and the nuances between the artists you mention.

Process Junkie said...

My pleasure, Northwesterner!

-A