High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

Joost Swarte, Knight of the Clear Line
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Joost Swarte, Knight of the Clear Line

(Louis van Dievel) The Low Countries - 2006, № 14, pp. 157-162

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In April 2004 Joost Swarte was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Admittedly, he had to share the honour with, among others, the enormously popular singers Marco Borsato and Frans Bauer, but even so.... It is still an honour that was not accorded in his lifetime to, for example, Marten Toonder, the godfather of the Dutch comic strip who died in 2005. Once, but a very long time ago, Joost Swarte drew the underground comic Jopo de Pojo, that was full of sex and drugs and rock 'n roll. Nowadays Swarte is a law-abiding citizen with an exceptional graphic talent, he enjoys an international reputation, and is an artist who can do whatever takes his fancy: create posters, glass windows and postage stamps, or design bookcases, watches and buildings. There's a name for that: artistic Jack-of-all-trades.

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