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  • Place of birth : Spa
  • Date of birth : 17/08/1920
  • Date of death : 13/08/2009

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  • Baujot Josette

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Josette Baujot (1920)

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Josette Baujot (17 August 1920 – 13 August 2009) was a Belgian artist and colorist. She is most commonly associated with fellow Belgian comics writer Hergé (Georges Rémi) and his Adventures of Tintin series.

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 early life
She was born Josette Marie Louise Nondonfaz in Spa, Belgium. There she studied drawing and portraiture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Liège. She married Joseph Baujot in 1944, with whom she moved to Argentina. The couple bought a vineyard there and had a son.

Her life changed abruptly when Joseph was shot dead while hunting in 1953. It was reported that he had been shot by members of the French or Belgian resistance who had tracked him down, however Joseph lived long enough to inform police that he had been accidentally shot by his friend. Josette returned to Brussels after his death. She eventually found work at the Hergé Studios. In Brussels she met cartoonist Joseph Loeckx, also known by his nom de plume Jo-El Azara, creator of the character Taka Takata. He would remain her lifelong companion.

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Originally, Hergé drew the cartoons for Tintin completely in black-and-white. As the popularity of the cartoons increased, he hired colorists to add color to the work. Baujot was hired in 1953, and eventually became Hergé's main colorist, along with Edgar Pierre Jacobs. She arrived as work was being completed for Destination Moon , and she created the distinct color code of the work. She would later comment:

"Hergé himself had the idea of a red-and-white chequered rocket, but he asked me to add a little green in the red so that it did not appear too violent. And he was insistent on orange spacesuits for Tintin, Captain Haddock and Milou Tintin's fox terrier. For the surface of the moon, he gave me carte blanche but, as it turned out, I opted for yellow, with the craters more emphasised. In those days, we didn't know what the surface of the moon looked like."

Hergé was eventually very pleased with the outcome of her coloring.

Baujot developed a distinct style of coloring, involving mixing of shades as opposed to the standard use of stark, contrasting colors. She would hone her technique throughout the upcoming Tintin projects, the next being Cigars of the Pharaoh .

Despite having differences and often arguing over ideas and plans, Hergé admired and respected Baujot, and they remained close friends. In his unfinished and final work, Tintin and Alph-Art, Hergé drew a new character named "Josette Laijot", an owner of a gallery, based on Baujot.

She died on 13 August 2009. She is survived by Loeckx, along with her son Michel.

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