Title of Work
Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone.
University Art Collections: Lilly Jacobson Collection, Art & Design Dept.
UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center
Series:Les Gens de Justice
Published in Le Charivari
Original text: Quand le crime ne donne pas.
Daumier’s satirical message here is that lawyers will not get paid unless there are lawbreakers who need to hire them.
Because the crime rate has apparently gone down, the lawyers in the lithograph seem to experience melancholy over their loss of income from defending criminals. Two lawyers look unhappy as they play dominos, while the third appears slumped in depression.
Included in the Honoré Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibition, 2018.