In France, caricatures have accompanied and often preceded all major changes in society, regime changes, the revolution, and also wars.
The development of printing in the 15th century and its boom in Europe, brought about the emergence of the press and the democratization of illustrative drawing, the only medium then available to illustrate articles. Caricatures were an impactful way to assert a position, to express a critical message. The front cover caricature was often produced by the editor of the newspaper themself. Caricatures, therefore, very quickly became a synthetic and effective form of expression, allowing an idea to be seen, rather than explained.