sábado, 10 de diciembre de 2011
Paris. (EFE) .- Babar, the elephant's most famous and dressed in the literature, king of the elephants and international literary hero, celebrates today its 80th anniversary with an exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.
It is entitled The Story of Babar and the first of the two samples that Paris dedicated to the anniversary.
On Tuesday, the National Library of France (BNF), a repository of an important set of original drawings, begin to celebrate this birthday also artistic, literary and editorial exposure Babar factory.
Meanwhile, in the rue de Rivoli Museum can be discovered and the first drawings that gave life to the elephant, his wife Celeste and their children, but also the first toys made with his image, and some of their costumes and fragments cartoons that starred.
With them is to make known how they were born that character and his fellow adventurers, and as embodied in different media, first, of course, drawing on paper, but soon also in the stuffed toy, told Efe the curator of the exhibition, Dorothée Charles.
The cartoons came in the late 50's of XX century and refocused cinema in the late 80's to this familiar hero who, after training in the human world, he returned to the jungle, where he was elected king.
"Now there's a new series of 3D films that becomes a grandfather," stressed the Commissioner.
The exhibition will be open until September 2, took the Toy Museum Gallery, that is, a relatively small for the size of the institution, located in one arm of the Louvre Museum, crowded yesterday during the inauguration.
Partly because have been timed to coincide the event with the award of Laurent de Brunhoff, 86, son of the creator of Babar and continued his work, whom the French Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand, presented the insignia of Commander of Arts and Letters.
Brunhoff, who published his first album at age 20 Babar in 1946, crossed the Atlantic to the occasion, for decades a U.S. resident.
The story of Babar, remember their historians, began around 1930 when a small elephant, which was not yet called Babar was the character of a story that Cecile de Brunhoff, Laurent and pianist mother, told her child to him and his brother Mathieu.
Seduced by the innocent pachyderm who fled the forest when a hunter killed his mother, the father of Laurent, Jean de Brunhoff, gave physical life and created his first drawings, the first green suits and a first album of watercolors entitled "TheBabar story. "
The idea of publishing it was his brother, Lucien Vogel editor, and as was released in 1931, success was enormous.
Laurent de Brunhoff died prematurely of tuberculosis in 1937, while his albums were selling millions of copies and was his brother, editor of French Vogue, who suggested to Laurent, then twelve years, two albums still unfinished color had left his father .
One was Babar and Father Christmas, published in 1941, recalled the commissioner.
So Babar stories continued until, in 1946, just after the Second World War, Laurent de Brunhoff created Babar and Arthur the wicked, the commissioner added.
It was the first in a series of nearly forty albums translated into 27 languages of which have sold millions of copies.
According to Le Monde evening, until today, Babar the 75 albums released in the world, has sold "not less than thirteen million copies."