Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

Title of Work

Ainsi, donc mon ami …

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Date of Work

1844

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Identification #

2016.001.0476

Collection/Provenance

Gift from the estate of Lilly Jacobson.

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 7

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 Philantropes du Jour

Published in Le Charivari

Original text: Ainsi, donc mon ami, à vingt deux ans vous aviez déjà tué trois hommes... quelle puissante organisation, et combien la société est coupable de ne l'avoir pas mieux dirigée!.... - Ah! voui, monsieur!.. la gendarmerie à eu bien des torts à mon égard... sans elle je ne serais pas ici!...

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