Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1834

Medium

Sur blanc

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Collection/Provenance

Gift from the estate of Lilly Jacobson

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 1

Location

UND Art Collections Office, Hughes Fine Arts Center

Additional Information

Series: La Caricature

Published in La Cariacture

Original text: Moderne Galilée. Et pourtant elle marche.

Notes:

The lithograph targets Jean-Charles Persil, Minister of Justice under King Louis Phillippe, who Daumier viewed as a real-life villain. Persil is seen interrogating a political prisoner, who is chained in his cell because he favors republican causes. An allegorical representation of Liberty appears in the air above him.

The print’s title and its caption liken the political prisoner to Galileo Galilei (1564–1642), who after being forced to recant his claims that the Earth moves around the Sun (rather than the other way around), supposedly also said “and yet it moves.”

Included in the Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibition.

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