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Bye Bye Marcel Marceau is a creation by the artist Ben Heine. Category People, Portrait, Drawing, Miscellaneous. Marcel Marceau, the master of mime who transformed silence into poetry with lithe gestures and pliant facial expressions…

Bye Bye Marcel Marceau

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Marcel Marceau, the master of mime who transformed silence into poetry with lithe gestures and pliant facial expressions that spoke to generations of young and old, died at 84.

Wearing white face paint, soft shoes and a battered hat topped with a red flower, Marceau breathed new life into an art that dates to ancient Greece. He played out the human comedy through his alter-ego Bip without ever uttering a word.

Offstage, he was famously chatty. "Never get a mime talking. He won't stop," he once said.

A French Jew, Marceau escaped deportation to a Nazi death camp during World War II, unlike his father who died in Auschwitz. Marceau worked with the French Resistance to protect Jewish children, and later used the memories of his own life to feed his art.

He gave life to a wide spectrum of characters, from a peevish waiter to a lion tamer to an old woman knitting, and to the best-known Bip.

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Uploaded 15 November 2007 at 11:59pm
Created 8 October 2007 at 12:00am
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Nistor Andrei avatar
Nistor Andrei Very impressive, i like the light, but frightening in a way
16 November 2007 at 01:46am
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Marianne Le Carrour Great homage :)
16 November 2007 at 10:22am
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Ghost Limited Very cool.
16 November 2007 at 02:22pm
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Ghost Limited you are realy good in faces and expretions :D
16 November 2007 at 02:40pm
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Mario Sughi This portrait of Marcel Marceau was cartoon of the week on Ben is really excellent! Mario
18 November 2007 at 09:11pm
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Eugene Donohoe Excellent and very moving.
19 November 2007 at 10:30am
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Ghost Limited another great job! ok say bye...thx for sharing.,
7 December 2007 at 09:56pm
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Ket Gun It's wonderful.
7 January 2008 at 05:07pm
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.lafabe. Grafik Très touchant !
10 March 2008 at 06:30pm

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