During the Christmas period following Bob De Moor‘s death in 1992, his wife Jeanne De Belder sent out a Christmas Card with a drawing De Moor had made in the late 50ies / early 60ies. It’s was Luc De Meulenaere who tipped me off on this particular card. While cruising through the archives of the family De Moor one drawing caught my attention, it was the original of the card!
Something that is quite visible when you compare the print version and the final version is the greys used in the original drawing which disappeared in the printed card version, a pity because it gives the original an extra dimension, especially the night sky.
On the right of the drawing you can see a penciled message reading “Ki n° 47 page 26” and under that “<- 9 cm ->”. It could be that “Ki” (or is it a badly written “Kj”?), stands for ‘Kuifje’. Since we don’t have all the Flemish Tintin issues we can’t check if that drawing is indeed in one of the number 47s made between 1954 and let’s say 1965. If anyone has these issues, feel free to let us know!
The drawings depicts a scene which could have come straight from one of those lovely Robert & Bertrand albums by Willy Vandersteen (although that series only started in 1973). You see an older man (with a beard) reading a book whilst sitting in the entrance of his house.
Diving back in history, the house has a big resemblance with the houses you could find in De Kempen, a region in Belgium and the Netherlands, also called Kempenland or Campine in English, in late 1800, early 1900. Another clue is the Scots pine you see on the right which is a typical tree you can find in De Kempen due to the sandy soil.
And that I’m probably not far away from the truth shows this picture on the left, which I coincidentally found in a book by Karel van Isacker (not family of me, though he was a professor of my twin brother – also named Karel Van Isacker). The book “Mijn land in de kering 1830-1980. Deel 1: Een ouderwetse wereld 1830-1914” (2008) gives an idea how people lived between 1830 and 1914. And that very picture dates from 1900 from a family living in De Kempen in Belgium.
If anyone has a clue where the drawing was used for in the end, please send an email to email@example.com .
In 1991 the Belgian village of Welkenraedt was the decor for the “Tout Hergé” exhibition which lasted 3 months (from June 8 till September 15). It was the biggest exhibition on Hergé and his work held so far. Johannes Stawowy, from whom we have already received lots of material on Bob De Moor, sent us a few pictures today when he visited the opening night of the exhibition. Of course he met up with Bob De Moor.
Today we present you some pictures taken in 1991 at the Welkenraedt Exhibition. You’ll recognise several people which have been part of the Tintinosphere for a long time, such as Zhang Chongren (on whom Hergé based the Chang character which was introduced in the album “The Blue Lotus”), Guy Decissy and of course Bob de Moor (and his wife Jeanne De Belder).
A few days ago Geert De Sutter, who has assisted Bob De Moor on several (new and re-published) albums, sent us a scan of the pencil drawing of this cover and he also told us how Bob De Moor and he worked together to complete this cover artwork. Bob De Moor made a rough sketch of what he wanted on the cover after which Geert De Sutter started drawing the actual cover.
It was however Bob De Moor himself who inked the drawing and as it seems he didn’t change any detail during this procedure as Geert De Sutter also confirms (see also page 386 of the Bob De Moor biography by Ronald Grossey where this particular drawing has been referenced).
Geert also provided us with a scan of the documentation which Bob De Moor had sent him in order to draw the Citroën. You can see this original reference material on the left. You’ll notice that the original source material used was quite old (it was a very old model after all).
With this 3rd article we have been able to show you the complete genesis of this particular Citroën drawing. We have several other such examples which will show you bit by bit. Thanks to Geert De Sutter for the material provided.