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Initialed in the lithographic stone.
University Art Collections: Lilly Jacobson Collection, Art & Design Dept.
UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center
Series: La Caricature
Published in La Cariacture
Original text: Le passé. Le présent. L'Avenir.
Although Daumier’s scathing caricature of King Louis Philippe as the giant Gargantua had led to the artist being briefly imprisoned in 1832, he continued to attack the king in his lithographs (that is, until the passage of hasher censorship laws would eventually stop him).
The pear-shaped head the 1834 lithograph echoes Louis Philippe’s pear-shaped body in Daumier’s other works from the same period. The king’s three faces progress in degrees of ugliness from left to right. The message is that his oppressive leadership gets worse as time goes on.
Included in the Honoré Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibition, 2018.