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Rutu Modan - Artists - Philippe Labaune Gallery

If she had not met Art Spiegelman during her studies at the Bezalel School of Fine Arts in Jerusalem, Rutu Modan, born in 1966, would probably not have chosen comics as a means of expression. Indeed, at that time, sequential art was not yet recognized among the narrative forms worthy of interest in Israel. She collaborated with the writer Yirmi Pinkus to undertake her first works and in 1995 formed the Actus Tragicus collective, which is recognized as the avant-garde of Hebrew comics.  In 2005, she was chosen as an outstanding artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation. Author in her own right, Rutu Modan uses elements of popular culture, situation comedy, and the clear line style that made the success of Tintin while dealing with serious and complex subjects. She tackles the terrorist attacks in Exit Wounds in 2007, the memory of the Shoah in Property in 2013 and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Tunnels in 2021.

These three books have had a strong global impact, winning awards in San Diego, Angoulême, and New York. As an illustrator, Rutu Modan collaborates with the international press and for the New York Times in particular. Her children’s books have been published through Francoise Mouly’s Toon Books. 

Selected Works

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Duck

Duck, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 1/2 x 20 inches

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Rutu Modan

Island, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

18.25 x 15.75 inches

Rutu Modan

Island, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

18.25 x 15.75 inches

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Illustration for New York Times, Book Review

Rutu Modan

Illustration for New York Times, Book Review, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

16 x 21 inches

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Illustration for The New Yorker 2013

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New Yorker 2013 - 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

17 x 17 inches

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skaters

Rutu Modan

Skaters, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

13.75 x 17.25 inches

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The Duel

Rutu Modan

The Duel, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

15 x 15.25 inches

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Illustration for The New Yorker 2019

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New Yorker 2019 - 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

21 x 16 inches

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Illustration of The Property, page 56

Rutu Modan

Illustration of The Property, page 56, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

21.25 x 17.5 inches

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Illustration of The Property, page 34

Rutu Modan

Illustration of The Property, page 34, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

21.25 x 17.5 inches

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Illustration of Tunnels, page 124

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, page 124, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

20.5 x 15.5 inches

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Illustration of Tunnels, page 55

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, page 55, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

20.5 x 15.5 inches

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Illustration of Tunnels, page 54

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, page 54, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

20.5 x 15.5 inches

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Duck

Duck, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

Framed: 15 1/2 x 20 inches

Rutu Modan

Island, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

18.25 x 15.75 inches

Rutu Modan

Island, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

18.25 x 15.75 inches

Illustration for New York Times, Book Review

Rutu Modan

Illustration for New York Times, Book Review, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

16 x 21 inches

Illustration for The New Yorker 2013

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New Yorker 2013 - 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

17 x 17 inches

skaters

Rutu Modan

Skaters, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

13.75 x 17.25 inches

The Duel

Rutu Modan

The Duel, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

15 x 15.25 inches

Illustration for The New Yorker 2019

Rutu Modan

Illustration for The New Yorker 2019 - 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

21 x 16 inches

Illustration of The Property, page 56

Rutu Modan

Illustration of The Property, page 56, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

21.25 x 17.5 inches

Illustration of The Property, page 34

Rutu Modan

Illustration of The Property, page 34, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

21.25 x 17.5 inches

Illustration of Tunnels, page 124

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, page 124, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

20.5 x 15.5 inches

Illustration of Tunnels, page 55

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, page 55, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

20.5 x 15.5 inches

Illustration of Tunnels, page 54

Rutu Modan

Illustration of Tunnels, page 54, 2021

China ink and watercolor on paper

20.5 x 15.5 inches