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That's right, it's none other than Robert Crumb, the genius behind 'Mr. Natural'. According to Radio France International, this is Crumb's first-ever retrospective in France:
Crumb’s LSD-inspired heroes, rampant sex and undisguised attacks on political correctness, have made him an icon of US counter-culture although the 68-year-old has spent the last 21 years in the village of Suave in southern France.
The exhibition, Crumb, de l'Underground à la Genèse (Crumb from Underground to Genesis) which runs until 19 August, brings together more than 700 original drawings dating from 1960 to the present day. Many of the works on display were loaned by a handful of private collectors in Europe and the US and include his hippy-era characters like Fritz the Cat and his cartoon take on the Bible.
Starting with the underground magazine Zap Comic, which Crumb sold on the streets of San Francisco, the show traces his career up to and beyond his reworking of the Book of Genesis.
Crumb’s drawings first appeared in France in 1970 on the covers of Actuel magazine and had an enormous influence on French artists like Moebius and Joann Sfar.
Exhibition curator Sebastien Gokalp says part of Crumb’s appeal is his absolute lack of self-censorship.
Want examples of the latter ? You'll have to check out the RFI article, for stuff that was too tasteless and offensive for me merely to cite. In recompense, I reproduce below Crumb's famous artwork for the Big Brother and the Holding Company live album, Cheap Thrills.
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