André Jacquemotte was a Belgian painter and cartoonist, notable for making a 1951 comic strip about the assassinated Communist politician Julien Lahaut, published in Jeunesse Populaire.

Early life and career
André Jacquemotte was born in 1925 as the son of editor and politician Joseph Jacquemotte (1883-1936), with War van Overstraeten co-founder of the Belgian Communist Party KPB. Joseph Jacquemotte was additionally chief editor of the Communist weekly Le Drapeau Rouge.

Cartooning career
In the late 1940s André Jacquemotte became a cartoonist for Jeune Belgique, the publication of the Communist youth movement. With Ita Gassel (1926-1994) as scriptwriter, he drew a biographical text comic titled 'J. Lahaut', which ran in Jeunesse Belgique from January until March 1951. The comic strip was based on the life of Belgian resistance fighter and Communist party leader Julien Lahaut (1884-1950). Lahaut had acquired national fame on 11 August 1950, when he allegedly yelled "Vive La République!" ("Long Live the Republic!") during the inauguration ceremony of king Boudewijn/Baudouin. A week later Lahaut was assassinated in mysterious circumstances. His murder made him a martyr for republicans and led to various conspiracy theories regarding the identity and the motive of the killlers. The comic story was reprinted in Jules Pirlot's book about the life and work of Julien Lahaut, 'Julien Lahaut Vivant' (2010, reprinted in 2020).

Métiers du Mur
André Jacquemotte was part of the Métiers du Mur collective, together with Paul Van Thienen, Yves Cognioul and Jean Goldmann. The experimental collective followed in the footsteps of the Forces Murales group (1947), which tried to bring art back to the people through murals and other public decorations. Founded between 1949 and 1951, the Métiers du Mur shared the same ideology, and was affiliated with the Communist Party in its attempt to redefine its position on the cultural level. On the occasion of the PCB's 30th anniversary celebration in the Heysel Palace on 3 and 4 November 1951, both the Métiers du Mur and the Forces Murales worked on a set of monumental paintings under the label "Homage to Belgian workers".


From: 'J. Lahaut'.

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