Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

Title of Work

ATHALIE

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Date of Work

1851

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Identification #

2016.001.1168

Height

10"

Width

14 1/2"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 18

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

Series: Physionomies Tragiques

Original text: ATHALIE "Mais je n'ai plus trouvé qu'un horrible mélange "D'os et de chair meurtris et traînés dans la fange....!"

English: ATHALIE. All I found was a mixture of bones, of blood and flesh in various tones.

Lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in the lithographic stone

Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collections

Daumier’s lithograph shows scene from a performance of Athalie, the final tragedy of seventh-century French writer Jean Racine. What is perhaps most interesting in the print are the high-contrast illumination effects that Daumier reveals that suggest the “modern” use of gas light—rather than oil lamps, which had been utilized previously for theatrical lighting.

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