Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

Title of Work

Un Engagement d'Artiste

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Date of Work

1845

Medium

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

Identification #

2016.001.0014

Collection/Provenance

Gift from the estate of Lilly Jacobson.

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 2

Location

UND Art Collections Office, Hughes Fine Arts Center

Artist Bio

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.

Additional Information

Series: Les Beaux Jours de la Vie

Published in Le Charivari

Original text: Vous voulez un engagement à mon théâtre.... c'est très bien mademoiselle... comme vous êtes jolie, pour vous ça ne sera que douze cents francs.... que vous me paierez chaque année bien entendu!.... J'accepte.... mais c'est à condition que je n'aurai pas d'augmentation!

Rights

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