Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1870

Medium

lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Height

11 1/2"

Width

11"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: FF_010_D

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

Je suis oiseau, voyez mes ailes. Je suis souris, vivent les rats. 1870

English: I’m a bird, look at my wings. I’m a mouse, long live the rats.

Lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in the lithographic stone

Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

Published near the end of Emperor Louis Napoleon’s rule, when censorship laws were liberalized, Daumier drew this unflattering caricature of politician Emile Ollivier—a liberal monarchist against whom Le Charivari launched a barrage of editorial attacks during the general elections of 1869. The print’s caption was taken directly from a well-known fable (“The bat and the two weasels”) by 17th century French poet Jean de la Fontaine. As in the work by John Doyle (to the left), the politician is represented as a half-human and half animal hybrid.

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