The Complete Universe Of Dupuy Berberian – where I run out out of synonyms for gorgeous

Published On December 12, 2010 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Reviews

The Complete Universe (Or Most Of It) Of Dupuy Berberian

Philippe Dupuy and Charles Berberian

Oog & Blik

Dupuy and Berberian are two French artists whose work I’d seen over the years but never managed to get around to picking anything up by them. Just from the bits I’d seen I knew I was going to love their art – after all, it’s a beautiful style, reminiscent of so much I already loved; Seth, Clerc, Swarte, Vellekoop, Andi Watson and so many others.

But, having taken the plunge and grabbed this and the yet to be read and reviewed Mr Jean stories in Get A Life (change from £30 for two beautiful hardbacks – I couldn’t really say no, could I?) I’m a complete evangelical convert.

It’s just simply stunning, visually intoxicating, a near unique collaboration where each artist’s contribution – story, pencils, inks, colours melds into one and it’s impossible to tell who does what. The line is superb, their style so gorgeous, so beautiful, the colours just sumptuous. I really haven’t the words. How do you describe something like this? I could throw words at it – magnificent, stunning, elegant, dazzling, lovely, exquisite, glorious, sumptuous until I’d exhausted Roget’s. Or I could just show you the pages…..

(Trenet illustre – The Illustrated Trenet, Albert Michel, 2001. From The Complete Universe Of Dupuy and Berberian, published by Oog & Blik)

The Complete Universe of Dupuy Berberian is a must have collection of their artwork – and I would go on and on about it, but just a quick google search for artwork proved I didn’t need to, since our very own Kenny talked about it over 4 years ago right here on the blog:

“….what a book … on very heavy gloss paper which really shows off the art – it also includes a number of 4 page wide fold outs to show some panoramic pieces. At under £20 it feels like an absolute steal.”

“The introduction …is fascinating and shows how a carpet store laid the basis for their careers. …. Overall it shows how their art grew out of a rejection of the hyper real and is informed by a more timeless, elegant design aesthetic.”

“There are hundreds and hundreds of wonderful, timeless, illustrations here. They have been done for French mags and newspapers, the New Yorker (naturally), CD booklets, fashion catalogues, 3D figure designs and many more. There are a few cartoons, sketchbook pages and other unpublished drawings – an absolute treasure trove for the D/B or general illustration fan.”

(Monsieur Jean a Bruxelles – Monsieur Jean in Brussels, silkscreen print, Brusel, 1995. From The Complete Universe Of Dupuy and Berberian, published by Oog & Blik)

(Jacques Tati, Telerama nonserial publication. From The Complete Universe Of Dupuy and Berberian, published by Oog & Blik)

(Looking For Mrs Peel, silkscreen print, Les Editions du Couloir, 1996. From The Complete Universe Of Dupuy and Berberian, published by Oog & Blik)

(Detail from La Rotonde – The Rounabout, offset poster, Reporter editeur, 1996. From The Complete Universe Of Dupuy and Berberian, published by Oog & Blik)

All I can do is agree wholeheartedly with Kenny. And hopefully, by the time you’ve finished reading this, and far more pertinently seen just a tiny fraction of the art inside, you’ll be convinced of just how wonderful this Dupuy-Berberian art team truly is.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

One Response to The Complete Universe Of Dupuy Berberian – where I run out out of synonyms for gorgeous

  1. Michael Grabowski says:

    Get A Life is a great book. Too bad D + Q wasn’t able to continue with the planned English volumes of the larger series, but past editions of Drawn & Quarterly’s anthology have more stories by the pair.