Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1838

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Collection/Provenance

University Art Collections: Lilly Jacobson Collection, Art & Design Dept.

Status

Displayed

Location

UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center

Additional Information

Series: Caricaturana

Published in Le Charivari

Original text: Robert Macaire magnétiseur. Voici un excellent sujet………pour le magnétisme……. Certes ! il n’y a pas de commerage, je n’ai pas l’honneur de connaitre M.elle de St.Bertrand et vous allez voir Messieurs, l’effet du somnambulisme… (M.elle de St.Bertrand donne dans son sommeil des consultations sur les maladies de chacun, indique des trésors cachés sous terre et conseille de prendre des actions dans le papier Mozart, dans les mines d’or et dans une foule d’autres fort belles opérations).

In Daumier’s day, hypnotism was called animal magnetism (or mesmerism) and was thought to involve forces of magnetic energy. In this print, a woman is supposedly hypnotized by Robert Macaire (a fictional charlatan). In her phony hypnotized state, as Macaire’s accomplice, she offers medical diagnoses and other bogus information to defraud people.

Included in the Honoré Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibition, 2018.

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