Sunday, February 1, 2015

Artistic Dignity

“Dignité artistique” (“Artistic Dignity”), a drawing by Lucien Métivet from La Baïonnette No. 46, May 18, 1916. The caption reads: “Je leur mets que je gagne cent mille francs par an…, autrement, ils me traiteraient de raté.”

In English: “I told them I earn a hundred thousand francs a year… otherwise they would treat me like a loser.”

You can learn more about Métivet from this earlier Folio Club blog post and my two subsequent essays about him for the Paris Review, related to his comic take on fashion and his World War One drawings (with slideshow). An abundant selection of additional images can be found on this Tumblr devoted to his work, including a larger version of the drawing above.

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