Paul Iribe (1883 -1935)

Caricature of Rodin

published in "L'Assiette au Beurre" on 25 april 1903

Rodin and his works, especially The Thinker, were frequently caricatured in the press. L’Assiette au beurre, one of the most famous satirical reviews of the day, ran from 1901 to 1912 and published virulent anticlerical, antimilitarist and anticapitalist caricatures. Paul Iribe was one the regular contributors to the review, together with Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931), Félix Valloton (1865-1925) and Charles Léandre (1862-1943), to name those whose pens poked fun at Rodin.They all worked on other Parisian newspapers like Le Cri de Paris and Le Rire. This drawing refers to Jean Rameau (1852-1931), the “poet/clog-maker” as he described himself,who was best known as a writer of French folksongs, the words of which were printed on postcards and thus circulated without difficulty.

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