Beethoven: A Stand for Freedom, Penet
Author: Régis Penet
Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Humanoids, Inc. (2022)
"Tell the French that there is still one man in Austria who is not subject to them, and that he does not bear any title!"
1806, Beethoven was 36 years old and resided in the palace of Prince Alois von Lichnowsky, his friend and patron, where he would form a friendship with the young son of the prince, Eduard. It was the time of the great Napoleonic conquests and Austria was now occupied by French troops. In order to show the French officers that he was receiving at dinner, "what remains of a prince of Austria", von Lichnowsky made it a point of honor to have the composer play in front of his guests. But Beethoven refused to show his talent. By insubordination, not only towards the victors, these "servants of tyranny" but also towards his protector who wanted to show him off. He is and will remain a free man!
Through the account of this particular day, Régis Penet makes a biographical work and draws a striking portrait of the "bear of the salons": a genius sure of his talent, indomitable and fond of freedom.
About Régis Penet:
Régis Penet was born in Dieulefit in September 1970. He obtained a baccalaureate of Fine Arts then for six months attended private school in Lyon where he learned color, perspective and the basics of drawing. He also obtained a DEUG in History. A few years later, he signed his first project with the publisher Soleil, Fleurs carnivores, published in 2001, based on a scenario by Jean-Blaise Djian. Volume 2 was published the following year, followed by the Marie de Loups trilogy, created in 2004 with Frédéric L'Homme. Together, they also signed Catwalk in 2006 with the same publisher. Les nuits écorchées, published by Daniel Maghen, was his first solo creation, followed by the adaptation of Alfred de Musset's Lorenzaccio, which he wrote and illustrated. His latest book, À hauteur d'homme, was released in January 2021 by Les enfants rouges.