The Press: Cartoonist & Nose

Is caricature cruel? Many a reader of Paris' left-wing daily Combat (circ. 58,000) complains that Staff Cartoonist Jean Pinatel's banana-nosed version of Premier Charles de Gaulle is a clear case of proboscis profaned. Last week Pinatel snapped back at his critics. Beside an amiable, big-nosed De Gaulle, Pinatel drew an evil-eyed, small-nosed De Gaulle, then offered his defense.

The drawings prove, he said that one can make a favorable caricature even with a big nose, and an unfavorable caricature even with a small nose. Moreover, "since the public commonly says that politicians cannot see farther than the end of their noses, my...

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