I am obsessed with this picture.
What are we looking at? It’s a group of students enrolled at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, circa 1931. One of them is still famous today—though in the strangest way.
Top row, second from right. The big smile. It’s Zhang Chongren, the basis for the Tintin character Chang. Okay, so maybe you don’t know who Chang is, but to some people, in some parts of the world, the Tintin series is Star Wars, which makes Chang, what? Han Solo? There’s a daring rescue mission, and even a Rancor equivalent.
Anyway, the Tintin connection was just a ruse.
I really wanted to post this photo simply because I was flipping through this book about Hergé and it stopped me in my tracks. Just look at that crew! Forget art school. Clearly this is the cast of a heist movie. One of those guys is the money. One of them is the smooth talker (you totally know which one). One is good with explosives.
Am I overreacting? Are these guys not as awesome as I think?
All I know is, I couldn’t stop looking at this picture. I left the book open to this page for days.