The wonderful world of Antoon Krings seduced as much as the small as the great. This former textile designer, who has worked five years at Ungaro, drew has always been her inspiration in her childhood memories. A native of the north of France, he discovered the fascinating world of gardens and nature with his grandparents, in Flanders.

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After the fashion, Antoon Krings launches out in the writing and the illustration. He published his first albums in the School of Leisure, then the adventures of the Funny little animals by Gallimard Jeunesse-Giboulées. A real success for 25 years. To date, he has released some 65 albums translated in more than twenty countries, made a film and eventually a TV series. Fed by diverse currents of artistic, impressionist, fauve, German expressionist, he was also inspired by the representation of animals in literature, Fables of Aesop with illustrations by Sendak.

The adventures of the funny little beasts episode 1

To draw, I need to dream, to be in a state of nostalgic, almost melancholic

Antoon Krings

“To draw, I need to dream, to be in a state of nostalgic, almost melancholy,” says Antoon Krings, which remains attached to the child. In his garden (botanical) secret wander bees, flowers and field mice, all of which are embodied and live fantastic adventures.

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The path of this very rich exhibition, which devotes to the works of the masters, puts it next to the boards Krings with herbals, bestiaries of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries. We can also admire the most symbolic of Adam and Eve by Lucas Cranach, a romantic landscape of Humphry Repton, The Monkey painter Watteau or Garden mother-of-pearl (1955) of Jean Dubuffet. Over the rooms, this walk enchanted among insects facetious and pictorial references, the scenography also knows how to put himself to the height of children.

Funny little creatures by Antoon Krings, the Museum of decorative arts 107, rue de Rivoli (Ier). Tel.: 01 44 55 57 50.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11 h to 18 h, Thursdays until 21 h. Until 8 September.