Phantoms of the Louvre

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June 2014

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“A melange of art, history, and innovation, Phantoms of the Louvre is curious and unexpected.” – San Francisco Book Review

Superstar European sci-fi and fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits. He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art.

22 portraits for 5,000 years of creation. They haunt the halls of the Louvre – they are long dead, often violently... they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer... Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model...

Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask... Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.

Both a work of fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.

“Highly Recommended. What a variety! Bilal's selections cover 5,000 years of human history, from an Egyptian mask to the Mona Lisa, from the Human-Headed Winged Bull of Mesopotamia to the Winged Victory of Samothrace.” – Andrew Smith,
The Chicago Tribune

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“Gorgeous. a supremely interesting springboard to watch a creator with Bilal’s imagination and abilities dive off of repeatedly.”

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“Bilal is a legendary sci-fi and fantasy artist. He has an uncanny ability to evoke a vast world of suspense and mystery. His villains are utterly macabre. His women are utlra-cool sexy … This book is a stunner.” – Henry Chamberlain

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“Captivating! His distinctive dark artistry and flamboyant imagination are equally apparent in this book.”