Before becoming a pioneer of abstract painting, Kupka was a satirical illustrator who contributed regularly, between 1901 and 1907, to the weekly review L’Assiette au beurre. This anarchistic, anti-clerical and anti-militaristic magazine called on the great satirical illustrators of the time, including Jossot, Steinlen, Hermann-Paul and Vallotton. Kupka did all the artwork for three entire issues: L'Argent (Money) (no 41, 11/1/1902), Religions (no 162, 7 May 1904) andLa Paix (Peace) (no 177, 20 August 1904).
These drawings with their great aesthetic qualities are still as relevant as ever. They show that it was less dangerous in 1904 to caricature fanaticism or to give the gods of any religion a face than it is today, when the Charlie Hebdo illustrators were assassinated in Paris for producing drawings in the same vein as Kupka.