Cuvelier, Paul

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Name
Cuvelier, Paul Gender: M
born on 22 November 1923 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Liège, Belgium, 50n38, 5e34
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Dekoster
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 28°44' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 12°54 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 04°00'



Biography

Belgian comics artist best known for the comic series Corentin, published by Le Lombard, which first appeared in the first issue of Tintin.

He was the third of seven children of doctor Charles Cuvelier, who was an amateur painter. From his early youth on, his main passion was drawing, and he had his first work published in Le Petit Vingtième when he was only seven years old. After studying Latin and Greek in Enghien, he began taking art classes at the academy of Mons for a few months, but left when his teacher declared that there was nothing left that he could teach him. He made his debut in the youth magazine Bravo in 1946 with the Western comic Tom Colby, written by Hergé and Edgar Pierre Jacobs. He was one of the first artists to be contacted by Hergé for the new magazine Tintin which started in 1946, with Hergé as editor-in-chief.

For Tintin, he created his main comics series, Corentin. Trained as a painter, Cuvelier was recognized by his peers as one of the most talented artists, but his series only achieved limited success, and Cuvelier spent his whole career alternating between painting and comics. His main interest was the human body, but the catholic context and juvenile audience of Tintin limited his expressive possibilities. Corentin was his longest lasting series, but with only seven albums published in a span of 25 years, it failed to attract a large and faithful audience; his other series were even more short-lived.

In 1968, he was able to combine his passion for the female nude and his gift for drawing comics in Epoxy, a fantasy about the Greek gods written by Jean Van Hamme, which is considered to be the first adult comic of Europe.

Ultimately, the lack of commercial success and the burden on his creativity of repeatedly drawing the same figures, inherent to the creation of comics, wore Cuvelier out, and from 1973 until his death 5 years later, he devoted his time to painting. He died on 5 July 1978 in Mont-sur-Marchienne.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • business associate/partner relationship with Hergé (born 22 May 1907)

Events

Source Notes

Acte n° 34, André Dekoster, quoted by Lepoivre

Categories

  • Vocation : Art : Cartoonist
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (painter)

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