CULTURE & ARTS
01/07/2015 08:48 pm ET Updated Jan 08, 2015

'Banksy' Instagram Account Shares Simple But Beautiful Tribute To Charlie Hebdo Cartoonists

UPDATE: Jan. 8 -- The image shared on the fake Banksy account in fact belongs to French illustrator Lucille Clerc, who told The Huffington Post via email: "Yes, I can confirm the drawing is mine. Whoever [reposted] this just took my image and added a filter. I didn’t answer as I don’t want it to turn into a polemic, and distract people from the real issues."

The original "Banksy" Instagram post has since been updated to credit Clerc's Twitter handle.

You can see more of Clerc's work here.

Animal NY in March had debunked as an imposter a similar "Banksy" Facebook account that had been verified prior to its report, and Business Insider spoke Monday to a spokesman for Banksy who also identified the Instagram account as a fake. As of this update, the image on Instagram has been shared more than 140,000 times.

Previously:

Following the attack on Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, a popular Instagram account attributed to street artist Banksy shared this quiet yet poignant image:

RIP

A photo posted by Banksy (@banksy) on


The caption simply reads: RIP. This account is not related to the BanksyNY Instagram account previously associated with the artist. The account, which boasts nearly one million followers, has also not been authenticated. Nonetheless, the image has been steadily making the rounds today.

For more on the ways artists have shown support for the slain Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, check out our previous post here.

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