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Caesar perplexed. The Roman emperor, surrounded by the imperial purple, is has been outwitted by Asterix the Gaul.
Asterix's natural antagonist was often thwarted by the diminutive warrior so this is a characteristic mood for him.
I have bled the ink to the edge of the mould-made paper to maximise the vividness of the screenprint.
The panel is taken from the Asterix books.
I am the the first and only British screenprinter to have permission from French publisher Editions Albert Rene to use their archive of images for my work.
Asterix first appeared in 1959 and 35 books drawn by Albert Uderzo and written by Rene Goscinny were published until 2010, although new titles are now being issued with new writers and draftsmen.
The Asterix series has been translated into more than 100 languages. The books have been turned into 13 films: nine animated, and four live action. There have also been a number of games based on the characters, and a theme park near Paris, Parc Astérix. Some 325 million copies of 34 Asterix books have been sold worldwide. The official website can be found here http://www.asterix.com/
Handmade, limited edition screen print on cotton paper, mould-made at the St Cuthbert Mill in Wells, Somerset. 25cm x 19cm.
Signed and numbered in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds
© Editions Albert Rene