Title: Mal Recompense (Badly
The text in French below the print reads:
--Le Chat - C'est bien la peine
de defendre ton maitre et de lui etre fidele;
il te charge de chaines, te met sur la paille,
te nourrit de pain et déau. Absolment
ce quón fait a un homme quand il a commis
"The Cat says - 'It's good that you defend your
master and are faithful to him, but he's got
you in chains, sleeping on straw, and he is
feeding you bread and water. This is how one
treats a man when he has committed a crime.'
The famous french artist Benjamin Rabier (1864-1939) is perhaps best known for the laughing
cow he created for the "Vache Qui Rit" cheese.
Born in La Roche sur Yon in 1864, he began his
career as an artist at the famous Lorraine printing
enterprise Epinal and later began publishing
carictaures and drawings for periodicals. From
around 1906 Rabier specialized in Children's
books, many of them illustrated with farm animals.
One of the most popular of these was the duck
named Gédéon. This lithograph
comes from a publication printed in 1906.
Dimensions: 11 X 8.5 inches
Condition: Paper lightly
but evenly browned with age, which in our view
adds caracter to the piece.