The donation of the author’s heirs, who died in 2018, contains thousands of drawings and illustrations. A premiere for comics.
On April 10, 2018, cartoonist F’Murrr, whose real name is Richard Peyzaret, became particularly famous for his series The genius of the alpine meadows, died at the age of 72. It leaves behind an invaluable legacy that will be passed on to many generations of readers in a poetic and idiosyncratic universe.
The excessive cost of this succession and the care to preserve the work of this pillar Pilot encouraged his two heir sisters to apply for the state, he says The world , Records, album covers, illustrations, preparatory sketches … The designer has kept more than a thousand drawings and illustrations in his Parisian apartment. The boards are priced between 1000 and 2000 euros on the market. “Transfer taxes were high, with assets exceeding 300,000 euros. There was a real risk that the heirs would refuse the inheritance because they did not have the means to pay. “, specifies at World Alexis Fournol, lawyer specializing in the art world. The idea of a donation to the state is essential, making it possible to settle a tax debt by donating to the state works that are deemed worthy to enter the circle of national collections. It’s a premiere. The strip had never been the subject of such an initiative.
The heirs therefore proposed to hand over 238 originals and other documents to the state, for a price estimated at 228,000 euros by Eric Dumeyniou, judicial auctioneer at the Aponem auction house. The donation was accepted by the state in February 2020, and today it remains a mystery to the public institution responsible for its preservation.
If the beneficiaries have expressed the wish that his works be shared between the International City of Comics and Images (CIBDI) of Angoulême, for the borders, and the Tomi-Ungerer Museum of Strasbourg, for the illustrations and cartoons, these two institutions are not public. This would explain a certain slowness in the progress of the file. According to The world, the Ministry of Culture was able to develop a hybrid montage where a public institution was commissioned by the originals of F’Murrr, which would be housed in the city of Angoulême and the Ungerer Museum in Strasbourg.
The acceptance of the joint legacy by the Ministry of Culture and that of the Economy and Finance, (which validated the amount) is worth its weight in gold in the land of comics. It gives the ninth art a new step in its legitimacy. By joining his gang buddies at Pilot, between Gotlib, Guy Vidal or René Goscinny, F’Murrr and his quirky humor have won the prestigious atmosphere of national collections.