“He’s still the Chienlit!”

(June 16 – Atelier Populaire)

Green screen-print on newsprint

53 x 84.5cm

This poster refers to de Gaulle’s infamous speech of 19 May where he used the phrase “La réforme oui, la chienlit non!”. Taken on face value the phrase means “Reform yes, chaos no!”. But de Gaulle also intended a scatological pun here, where “chienlit” is “chie-en-lit” – shit-in-the-bed.

The phrase in important enough to have its own article on wikipedia which explains the allusions.

Documented in:
Gasquet p.89; Les Affiches #106; Peters #221 ; Beauty #56b ; Beaubourg #48; Mesa p109 ; Chartres #93

Online Resources:
ENSBA # 10524