Synopses & Reviews
Described by art critic Robert Hughes as "the Brueghel of the 20th century," Robert Crumb has become the only sixties counter culture artist to break through into the fine art world with great acclaim. Laura Hoptman, curator of the Carnegie International said, "Crumb is one of the most subversive and important voices to come out of America in the 20th century. He's one of the greatest draftsmen of our time." Now available for general distribution is The Sweeter Side of R. Crumb which is an exclusive collection of drawings that reveal the tender side of R. Crumb. Evocative haunting images of people and places such as Aline, his daughter Sophie, scenes from the village and region he lives in the South of France, Jesse Crumb, his first wife Dana and their son Jesse and of course the Blues musicians he treasures from his 78rpm record collection.
"It does have particularity (does this guy know shading or what?), which gives each portrait of an old or (seldom) new entertainer, each view of a favorite forest pathway, each rendering of a fantastic bit of French medieval architecture, visual tangibility. And it has affection, which is sweet, no? But not just for ladies." Booklist
This exclusive collection of haunting images of people and places reveals the tender side of R. Crumb, a 1960s counter culture artist who broke into the fine art world with great acclaim.
About the Author
Robert Crumb was born in Philadelphia in 1943. His first cartooning efforts as a child were inspired by his older brother Charles, with whom he would collaborate on elaborate comic book projects. He left home at age 19 to become a greeting card artist in Cleveland and later moved to San Francisco, where, after experimenting with LSD, he founded ZAP Comix. He is considered the father of the underground comics movement in America, and his characters Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural have become counterculture icons. His work has been featured in numerous publications, galleries, and museum shows, and he is the subject of the Terry Zwygoff documentary Crumb. In 1993 he traded six of his sketchbooks for a house in a remote village in the south of France, where he now lives.