You’ve probably seen this touching cartoon uniting France and Belgium circulating the Internet after the Brussels terrorist attack on March 22, but who’s the guy who drew it? Get to know Plantu right here!
Following the tragedy in Brussels on March 22, cartoonist, Plantu, created an incredible image depicting France’s support for Belgium and it’s quickly gone viral all over the Internet. Get familiar with this amazing artist with five fast facts here.
1. Art wasn’t always his career path
Plantu originally planned to study medicine, but moved from France to take drawing courses after college and found his new passion. His first cartoon, a depiction of the Vietnam War, was published in 1972 in the newspaper Le Monde.
2. He’s had steady work since his first publication
Ever since he was hired by Le Monde in 1972, he’s had works published regularly in the magazine, and is known for his political satire cartoons.
3. His work has been the subject of controversy
While many of Plantu’s drawings have been widely recognized and praised, several have landed him in some hot water. Most recently, this happened in 2015, when he drew an IDF soldier firing a gun at Palenstinian civilians and included a stereotypical-looking religious Jewish person.
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4. His Brussels tribute has been retweeted almost thousands of times
The touching image shows a man dressed as the French flag comforting a man dressed as the Belgium flag with tears rolling down their faces and includes the date of both the attacks on Paris and Brussels. On Plantu’s account, it’s been retweeted almost 13,000 times, and on Le Monde’s, it’s been shared more than 26,000.
5. He’s actually spent time in Brussels
Although he’s from France, Plantu actually spent a little time in Brussels at the beginning of his career in art — it’s where he took drawing classes!
What do you think of Plantu’s tribute for Brussels, HollywoodLifers?