Thursday, January 8, 2015

Je Suis Charlie

Everything that can be said about the despicable murder of French journalists yesterday has been said already.  I will not pile on just because I too found the incident deeply disturbing.

Not surprisingly, the killing of cartoonists has led other cartoonists to make their own comments.

I like the image above, which was created in just a few hours by Lucille Clerc, a young French illustrator who has been based in London since 2008.  Simple and profound, it is an expression of loss, but also of defiance and courage.

It does not particularly resemble Clerc's typical works, which are intricately detailed.  Below is a representative sample commissioned for Eurostar's Metropolitan magazine.

Eurostar recently celebrated 20 years of high-speed rail service connecting London, Brussels and Paris.  The print is a joyous representation of the three cities and, by extension, the high points of European culture.  Seems appropriate at this moment.

Clerc made 100 copies, and all but two have been purchased.  If you'd like one for yourself, you can buy it for 100 pounds on her website,

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