The Heong Gallery’s latest exhibition shines a light on one of the leading ladies of the much-loved Peanuts comic strip series
Since her Peanuts debut in 1952, Lucy Van Pelt has become recognised as one of the most famous – and formidable – characters of the cartoon world. Her unwavering self-belief and unapologetic style provide the perfect counterbalance to protagonist Charlie Brown’s self-doubt and anxious nature; with the interactions between the duo shedding light on many pre-teen preoccupations. The stories resonated with readers around the world, earning the beloved comic strip series a reputation as a timeless classic.
Lucy Van Pelt: Director of Everything celebrates the enduring legacy of the character and the work of series creator Charles M. Schulz, showcasing a selection of original comic strips, objects and line art from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. It also offers a chance to see photographs of the artist throughout his life.
Peanuts began in 1950 and ran for half a century, during which time Charles M. Schulz created 17,897 daily and Sunday strips. Its continued success owes much to its consistent format, complex characters and ability to combine serious themes with a good dose of humour.
You can find the display at the Heong Gallery, nestled just within the gates of Downing College, until 6 February.
Did you know that Murray Edwards College also has its own art exhibition? You can read all about the New Hall Art Collection here.