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Le Tournee D'Albion- French Satirical Comic

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"Le Rire" or "Laughter" was the name of a successful satirical French publication that ran from October 1894 to April 1971. Founded during the Belle Epoque by French creative director Felix Juven, "Le Rire" found success in a time where people in French society were enjoying higher educations, better income, and most importantly- leisure time. As interest in the arts, culture and politics intensified during the turn of the century, "Le Rire" was the perfect concoction to satisfy such curiosities. 

In this proactive political illustration from January 1st 1938 we catch sight of a harrowing, notorious figure in European history- Adolf Hitler. Titled "The Albion Tournament", Hitler is pictured looking down at a table equipped with a spread goods. "Bananas from Cameroon", "Oranges from Morocco" and "Lemonade from Antilles" to name a few. This in mind, it appears that these absentminded caricatures have quickly transformed into the goods they're greedily consuming. What symbolism that is! Not to mention, this graphic landed the cover for the 44th issue of "Le Rire". Fantastic illustrations by French artist 'Ben'. Signed in plate in the lower left hand corner. Printed by Bertin & Cie Paris. 

Condition: Very Good. Minor spotting and page and toning in accordance with documents age. Faint ink transfer in along left hand border and lower left corner. Conservation mounted on linen. 

Year: c.1938 - 84 years old

Size: 9.0" x 12.0" (23cm x 30cm)


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