(Cover for Fiction, #228 (1972), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
In the 60s and 70s the covers for Fiction—“the leading journal of science fiction and fantasy in France” until its cancellation in 2015—were characterized by simple color schemes punctuating by often delicate line work. Working within these strictures (I suspect to cut back on printing costs), a handful of artists pop out from the herd: Jean-Claude Forest, Philippe Curval, Wojtek Siudmak, Philippe Caza….
….and the mysterious Lacroix about which I can find little online. If anyone knows more about him, or if it’s a pseudonym for another artist, let me know!
I’ve included slightly more than half of Lacroix’s total SF art credits and two of them in particular resonate with me: Fiction, #228 (1972) (above) and Fiction, #197 (1970) (below). In the former the eyes staring out of the robotic body exudes horror and existential terror. And the mechanical body descends into some more sprawling contraption, losing its human form entirely…. In the latter, the delicate human chin and lips transforms into a fantastic city, spired, medieval…. Mutation, transformation, mechanization.
For a general history SF in France see SF Encyclopedia (although a handful of French SF fans I know have dismissed the article’s characterization of the current SF scene as needlessly bleak).
Other non-English language SF publication artists we’ve explored so far:
As always, thoughts/comments welcome! Any favorites?
Should I create additional art posts culled from Fiction? Thinking the 50s surrealism of Philippe Curval might be next!
For more art posts consult the INDEX
(Cover for Fiction, #197 (1970), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
(Cover for Fiction, #207 (1971), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
(Cover for Fiction, #223 (1972), ed. Alain Dorémieux)