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Socialist deputy promising the moon (retirement) to a poor proletarian (carpenter)

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Socialist deputy promising the moon (retirement) to a poor proletarian (carpenter)

PCT4256340 Socialist deputy promising the moon (retirement) to a poor proletarian (carpenter), in Le Pelerin, Catholic weekly NA'1391 of 30 August 1903 by A. Lemot (drawing) by Lemot, Achille (1846-1909); ePatrice Cartier; French, out of copyright

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© Patrice Cartier / Bridgeman Images

Annuity Depute Deputy Full Moon Gusman Moon Outer Space Pension Pensioner Retired Retirement Social Benefit Socialism Socialist Space Allowance Laborer Years 1900


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This print titled "Socialist deputy promising the moon (retirement) to a poor proletarian (carpenter)" takes us back to the early 20th century, capturing a moment of political satire. The image, originally published in Le Pelerin, Catholic weekly NA'1391 on August 30,1903 by A. Lemot, showcases the artistic talent of Achille Lemot. In this satirical drawing turned cartoon caricature, we see a French socialist deputy engaging with a humble carpenter. The politician is depicted as an eloquent orator who promises the world to the working class citizen - retirement benefits that seem too good to be true. Symbolically represented by a full moon in outer space, this pledge highlights the lofty ambitions of socialism during that era. The contrast between the well-dressed deputy and the hardworking laborer emphasizes social inequality and raises questions about whether such promises can truly be fulfilled. This thought-provoking piece reflects not only French politics but also broader European sentiments at that time. The intricate engraving technique used adds depth and detail to every line drawn by Lemot's skilled hand. It is evident that this artwork was created with intentionality and purposeful commentary. As we gaze upon this historical artifact from over a century ago, it serves as a reminder of how art can transcend time and continue sparking conversations about societal issues even today.

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