A Charlie Brown Christmas by Nicolas Delort & Dark Hall Mansion

Posted by The Daily Zombies Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Last Halloween, we have checked out the astonishing rendition of It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by artist Nicolas Delort and Dark Hall Mansion. Staying perfectly consistent with their ideas, brace yourself for A Charlie Brown Christmas come this festive season. 



During the recent All Hallow's Eve, we have witnessed numerous graphic prints produced (or reproduced in many cases) to commemorate one of the favorite pseudo holidays of us here at The Daily Zombies. Of the countless lots, one particular piece caught our undead eyes for its unique treatment of the source material: French artist Nicolas Delort's awe-inspiring take on the classic 1966 Halloween television special based on the timeless comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz, "It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown".

With the bells of Christmas ringing in, Dark Hall Mansion picked up where they left off on Halloween by announcing their latest project to chime in the spirits of the festive season. Set to be released on 25th November, Dark Hall Mansion collaborated with Delort once again, to take on yet another Charles Schulz holiday classic: A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Staying in tune with the earlier Halloween piece, Delort continued to impose his signature mesmerizing dark palette on this black-and-white piece that instantly conjure the nostalgic emotions of the classic 1965 television special.

As always, Blurppy has the exclusive coverage of the announcement and has spoke to Delort on the piece. Check out the an excerpt of the interview right below.

BLURPPY – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is SUCH an iconic holiday special that I’d imagine it was a bit daunting to get it JUST right.  How hard was it for you to nail this one down?  How many versions did you go through before the final concept?

Nicolas Delort – I wanted to do Great Pumpkin and this one as a diptych of sorts right from the start and as soon as the Great Pumpkin sketch was approved, I had the idea for Charlie Brown Christmas.

Both share the “boy and his faith” theme but while Great Pumpkin is all about Linus’ optimism and hope, Charlie Brown Christmas is more about Charlie’s disappointment and resentment towards what the holiday has become…so I thought it’d be interested to make two illustrations that would work next to one another. 

The challenge on this one was that the image was to be more “luminous” (for lack of a better word) than Great Pumpkin and my style is usually pretty dark, so I had the idea to set the scene in the tree selling place and surround Charlie with garish electric lights.

BLURPPY – This holiday special really takes me down memory lane with fond remembrances from my youth.  What about you?  Was this part of your childhood?  If so, what are your memories surrounding it?

Nicolas Delort – Actually, not really, we were always more of a Grinch family, hah. 

BLURPPY – Ooooooo is that a tease?  Can we expect a GRINCH print from you!?  (Fingers are crossed!)  What do you think it is about this holiday classic that still resonates with fans around the globe?

Nicolas Delort – I think a lot of us can relate to Charlie’s complaints, even moreso nowadays, when you have Christmas-themed merchandise or decorations in stores as early as October. Sure, Charlie is kind of a downer, but he makes some good points, even if you’re not a religious person.

Do head over to Blurppy for the full article. There will be a total of three versions of the piece available for sale at a random on the morning of 25th November at Dark Hall Mansion's official store. For now, check out below for all three astonishing versions of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” 
By Nicolas Delort
18″ X 24″
Standard Edition Run of 375
$65


“A Charlie Brown Christmas” 
By Nicolas Delort
18″ X 24″
Variant Edition Run of 80
$100

A close-up at the piece.


“A Charlie Brown Christmas” 
By Nicolas Delort
18″ X 24″
Foil Edition of 30
$150


Earlier draft of the piece.


Here are the details from the official press release:


PRNewswire/­Dark Hall Mansion, www.DarkHallMansion.com, Dark Hall Mansion’s yearly holiday tradition continues with the timeless classic that’s informed Christmas and the holiday season for almost 50 years, Charles M. Schulz’s 1965 masterpiece, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,”
this year beautifully and evocatively rendered by artist, Nicolas Delort. Flawlessly written by Charles Schulz, beautifully directed and animated by Bill Melendez and team, and of course, brilliantly scored by Vince Guaraldi, this film, perhaps more than any other, quietly, humorously, and evocatively reminds us in poetic and lyrical fashion just what the true meaning of Christmas really is.

Dark Hall Mansion, under license from Peanuts Worldwide, takes us back to our collective memory of gathering about the TV while awaiting Christmas and the holidays and having Guaraldi’s first gentle jazz passages signal the season truly was upon us. Charles M. Schulz’s 1965 masterpiece is timeless, precisely because its profound emotional resonance is as relevant today as it will be in another fifty years and beyond. Artist Nicolas Delort, who brought such pathos to Dark Hall Mansion’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” again brings his distinctive and highly detailed style to bear rendering Charlie’s contemplation of the true meaning of Christmas a quiet and personal one.

Please see DHM’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Nicolas Delort prints in our Store or on Dark Hall Mansion’s Facebook page here: HERE

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” limited edition prints go on sale next Tuesday, November 25th on Dark Hall Mansion’s dedicated store page here: HERE at a random time between 9:30 AM PST and 12 PM PST.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Standard Edition of 375 $65
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Variant Edition of 80 $100
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” Foil Edition of 30 $150

All editions measure 18″ x 24″ and are fully screen printed.

*Collectors still wishing to reserve Nicolas Delort’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” STD edition print, in advance of next week’s Nov 25th general release, may still do so by purchasing DHM’s “The Jimi
Hendrix Experience” STD edition print by artist Max Dalton which comes with an automatic lock/reserve right to pay separately-and in advance-for Nicolas Delort’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The Jimi print with auto-reserve right may still be purchased via our DHM past releases page HERE

Please see all details regarding the reserve/lock option that were released prior via our Facebook post: HERE

And please know the Jimi advance reserve/lock offer WILL EXPIRE THIS FRIDAY at 11:59 PM PST!

Beginning THIS Friday, Nov 21st, all advance/reserve lock holders will be notified via private email with payment instructions and will have 72 hours to complete their purchases of Nicolas Delort’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” prints. Failure to exercise their lock/reserve right and complete payment for their Delort purchase by 11:59 PM PST Sunday, Nov 23rd, will be interpreted as a ‘pass’ on the Delort and their “A Charlie Brown Christmas” edition will be offered within the general release on Tues, Nov 25th instead. NO exceptions.

Dark Hall Mansion is honored to continue its extraordinary collaboration with Peanuts Worldwide in preserving and fostering the singular legacy of Charles M. Schulz and his beloved Peanuts.

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday, Nov 25th, for the general release right here: HERE when at a random moment between 9:30 AM PST and 12 PM PST Paypal Add-to-Cart buttons will appear beneath all “A Charlie Brown Christmas” editions.

Thank you collectors for again making this holiday season so special and enabling DHM to each year invite these gifted artists to bring their skills to bear in paying tribute to the Peanuts classics we all hold so dear. We’re honored you’ve made us a regular part of your holiday traditions and each year we look forward to receiving pictures of our releases up in your homes and apartments, part of your holiday decorations, with families and children, or simply celebrating the season as it’s genuinely humbling and we thank you, sincerely so.

As we do each season, from everyone here at the Mansion, we wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and wonderful Holiday season and a Most Merry Christmas, God bless you all.


*In fairness to all collectors wishing to purchase DHM’s official Nicolas Delort “A Charlie Brown Christmas” prints: PLEASE UNDERSTAND ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

A side-by-side look at both pieces.

Source: Dark Hall Mansion via Blurppy



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