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Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Gift from the estate of Lilly Jacobson.
Art & Design Study Collection
Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 10
UND Art Collections Office, Hughes Fine Arts Center
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.
Series: Album Caricaturana
Published in Le Charivari
Original text: Brevet d’invention, capital 3 millions. Comment vous appelez-vous brave homme ? – M’sieu, je m’appelle Godichard dit Boit-z-à mort. – Ah vous êtes le fameux Godichard, l’inventeur de la poudre bitumeuse ! – Non, m’sieu, j’ai pas inventé la poudre ….. Si fait, si fait ! et la preuve, c’est que nous vous offrons cinq cents francs pour votre procédé, votre matériel et surtout votre nom. Vous serez gérant de la société du Bitume Godichard. Qué j’aurai à faire, m’sieu ? Vous n’aurez qu’à boire, manger, dormir et signer. – Mais m’sieu, je sais pas signer. – Qué qu’ça fait ! nous autres, du comité de surveillance, nous signerons pour vous.
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