Voyage d’Hermès/Voyage of Hermès (2010)
33 x 41cm, 9 colour plates press release
Even up until the very last years of his life on Earth, Moebius was just as prodigious as his glorious peak in the 1970s & 1980s and his style was still constantly growing in mastery of his nib (both on paper and later digitally on a Wacom Cintiq graphics tablet) with each ebb and flow ceaseless and never slowing down. Moebius would craft some of his most magnificent pieces of artwork commissioned for a new perfume line by the fashion house Hermès, Paris called Voyage d’Hermès (Voyage of Hermès), that despite being some of the most sublime masterpieces by Moebius ever committed to page just for a mere dossier de presse (press release) was sadly for one reason or another ultimately abandoned by Hermès!?
Of an edition of only 3100 the Voyage d’Hermès press release printed in Nava, Italy, comes sandwiched together by two pieces of thick hardboard and is held tightly together by a Hermès ribbon to protect the inside pages.
On the opening sheet reads “Les Mondes Élémentaires: Un Voyage Imaginé et Dessiné par Moebius” (The Elemental Worlds: An Imagined and Drawn Journey by Moebius) and underneath on the bottom-right hand side of the page an official Hermès embossed stamp pressed onto the paper. Behind the loose front sheet holds the soft leaves of parchment paper, carefully joined from end to end that fold out to reveal 9 vivid coloured illustrations of epic scale and depth.
The 9 immersive images, each like nine wonders of the world, flow from page to page like visual poetry and told across air, land and sea. It follows a protagonist who resembles one of the repairmen from Le Monde d’Edena (The World of Edena) who is on a voyage of adventure following in the wings of a marvellous multicoloured bird.
On the back hardboard is mounted a CD containing promotional product shots of the perfume Voyage d’Hermès bottle.