Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1870

Medium

Gillotage/lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Height

11 1/4"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: FF_010_D

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

Que diable est-ce qu’ils font là haut! 1870

English: What the devil are they doing up there?

Gillotage/lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in the impression

Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

Appearing in Le Charivari three weeks before the collapse of France’s Second Empire (1852-1870), the subject is a satirical commentary on the Franco Prussian War, in which Emperor Louis Napoleon had foolishly involved France.

The print features Father Rhine, god of the river separating France from Germany, who fails to comprehend what is happening above the water. Next to the god is a Prussian helmet that has sunk to the river’s bottom and above him a dead soldier’s body floats on the surface.

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