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Initialed in the lithographic stone.
University Art Collections: Lilly Jacobson Collection, Art & Design Dept.
Displayed: Second Floor, near the Fredrikson & Byron Law Firm Office suite
UND School of Law
Honoré Daumier was a prolific painter, printmaker and caricaturist born in 1808 in Marseille, France. In 1822 Daumier studied under Alexandre Lenoir, an artist and archaeologist that was dedicated to saving French monuments during the French Revolution. One year later he went on to attend the Académie Suisse. His works are best known for commenting and critiquing on the 19th century social and political life in France. Honoré Daumier's works can be found at the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum, and several other prominent collections internationally. The University of North Dakota holds more than 1600 works by Daumier, the vast majority of which are part of the Lilly Jacobson Collection, which can be accessed here: https://commons.und.edu/daumier-prints/.
Aside from making powerful politically-charged images that reflected his pro-republican views, Daumier satirized lawyers, doctors, businessmen, professors, and lifestyles of the bourgeoisie. Although the inscriptions that accompany Daumier’s lithographs were not written by him, one might assume they mostly conveyed the spirit of the artist’s intent behind his images.
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.
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