Date: ca. 1900
Size: 16 x 37 inches
Artist: Rabier, Benjamin
The Wolf and the Lamb is a well known fable of Aesop (although the poster crediits Fables Lafontaine as the source). The basic story is that a wolf tries to justify killing an innocent lamb, a premise that led to the creation of variant stories of tyrannical injustice in which a victim is falsely accused and killed despite a reasonable defense. The morals drawn are that the tyrant can always find an excuse for his tyranny, and that the unjust will not listen to the reasoning of the innocent.
Benjamin Rabier is one of the masters of early French comics and an animation pioneer best known for his animal drawings. Born in La Roche Sur Yon as the son of a carpenter, he moved to Paris with his family at age 5. With the help of Caran d'Ache, his first drawings were published in magazines like La Chronique Amusante and Le Gil Blas Illustré. Until 1895, he earns most fame in England and the USA, where he draws for Scraps, Pictorial Comic Life and Puck magazine. In 1898, he produced the book 'Tintin Lutin', which was an inspiration for Hergé, who named his famous character after it. At the turn of the century, Rabier was an established artist and began to produce more albums and illustrated the tales of La Fontaine. He also wrote theatre plays and did book illustrations. From 1910, he spent all his time on his artistic occupations and six years later began working in animation. He also worked in the advertising field, developping the famous cow logo of the cheese brand La Vache Qui Rit (English: Laughing Cow).