Reflecting the political changes of his time, this caricature by W. Alexis erects a satirical tomb to the Napoleonic dynasty and to French imperialism. The artist creates a remodelled version of the statue that dominates the Vendôme column, openly playing with the codes of the Napoleonic legend and reinterpreting a monument glorifying the military victories of Napoleon I.
On 16 May 1871, during the Paris Commune, the Vendôme column was indeed taken down, in a symbolic gesture that dismantled the Napoleonic legacy.
Paris: Duclaux Éditeur (21 Place du Château-d’Eau)
Mardre Éditeur (20 rue du Croissant),