Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
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.