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An Enchantment : The Louvre Collection Hardcover – 14 Feb 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 74 pages
  • Publisher: NBM; 01 edition (14 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156163705X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561637058
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 1.1 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,032,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Wistful and elegiac... An Enchantment is the comic book equivalent of Lost in Translation, a dreamlike mood piece that covers the issues about the museum - but really exists to serve the drawing, which is muted, elegant and at times enchanting.' 5 stars in --Comic Heroes

About the Author

Christian Duriex is a graphic artist. He lives in Brussels.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a perfectly fine and “enjoyable diversion", but in keeping with the very high tone set here by the Louvre, (the book's "copublisher"), let's call it a "divertissement".

A melancholy retiring museum director, who seems conflicted about the fact that he used to be somebody, escapes from his own retirement party to drink wine, wander around, and do a little skirt chasing after an ethereal young beauty. They admire the artwork, exchange cryptic flirtatious lines, and head for a fairly predictable enchanting ending that owes more to "The Twilight Zone" than to Watteau. Building the story around Watteau's famed painting of a "fete galante", (which is much more interesting than the fete from which our hero is escaping), is a clever touch that saved this otherwise pretty but predictable graphic novel for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful But Yet Oddly Shallow 11 Oct. 2013
By Talvi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Enchantment by Christian Durieux is labeled as a graphic poem by the publisher and I'll have to agree with that sentiment. But I'd also suggest it is the author's ode to the Louvre since most of the book is spent exploring the paintings in some detail.

This large book, drawn in hues of beige and brown, follows an unnamed museum curator at his retirement party. The party is lavish but he feels disdain over the event: he was unliked by his subordinates and felt they didn't appreciate his leadership. Sneaking away in protest and disgust, he explores the library and comes across a woman inexplicably sitting and staring at a painting (despite the library being closed after hours). He forms an instant friendship with the woman and they explore the library, revealing more about the man's life and frustrations. To say any more would be to give away key plot points that turn this from a musing on a frustrated life to the acceptance of death and old age.

The images are large, well drawn, and the text sparse and very stream of consciousness. The female character is clearly a foil for the man's bitterness - her humor and mischief a conterbalance to a very controlled and unhappy life amidst all the beautiful Louve art.

Where this felt a bit flat to me is in the explorations of all the paintings in the middle. Each looking at the art in different ways (covering their eyes to see only a piece of an artwork, for example) or the art making a statement about the mans' life (e.g., his part was held in a room that features the large art of the crowning of dictator Napolean to imply the curator was a dictator as well).

This felt more like a Louvre souvenir shop book than a must read graphic novel cum literary poem. There was far too much art interpretation filling in a thin but beautifully told story with a light supernatural twist. It came off a bit pretentious in the end.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of beautiful delights 20 Dec. 2013
By GraphicNovelReporter.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A big, bold book that is full of beautiful delights, AN ENCHANTMENT continues NBM’s wonderful Louvre Delights series. Each book in these editions prominently features works on display in the Louvre while telling a compelling graphic story.

In this case, we meet the retiring minister of finance, for whom a dramatic banquet is being thrown in the legendary museum. Realizing how much he detests everyone gathered there to bid him adieu, he wanders off…and meets a remarkable young woman who has snuck into the museum. Together, they enjoy a bottle of wine, and then a second, while roaming the museum unattended.

The two spend a luminous night enjoying some of the greatest works of art while evading the many people looking for the retiring man. But this is his greatest night, the night of his life…he does not want to return to their midst. And so he delves into the world of art instead.

This gorgeous book is another stunning winner from this series.

- John Hogan
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting! 19 Mar. 2013
By setlib - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The artwork in this graphic novel was gorgeous, a late-night escapade through the Louvre with stops to admire many famous works. In addition, the story was touching -- a man facing retirement, deciding to approach this major transition in life on his own terms, enchanted by an unexpected encounter with a lovely woman. Themes and language make this most appropriate for adult audiences, who will appreciate the subtle ruminations on power, regret, and desire.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Please Exit Through the Gift Shop 25 Jan. 2016
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a perfectly fine and “enjoyable diversion", but in keeping with the very high tone set here by the Louvre, (the book's "copublisher"), let's call it a "divertissement".

A melancholy retiring museum director, who seems conflicted about the fact that he used to be somebody, escapes from his own retirement party to drink wine, wander around, and do a little skirt chasing after an ethereal young beauty. They admire the artwork, exchange cryptic flirtatious lines, and head for a fairly predictable enchanting ending that owes more to "The Twilight Zone" than to Watteau. Building the story around Watteau's famed painting of a "fete galante", (which is much more interesting than the fete from which our hero is escaping), is a clever touch that saved this otherwise pretty but predictable graphic novel for me.
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