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Gift from the estate of Lilly Jacobson.

Art & Design Study Collection


Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 14


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:

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.

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Published in Le Charivari

Original text: Charmé de se voir exposé, l'original ici présent conduit son épouse au salon, et la place devant son image, pour jouir du jugement de la foule. - Tiens disent les uns, c'est le Commissaire chinois Lin! - Non, disent les autres, vous ne voyez pas que c'est de l'histoire naturelle! - C'est, reprend un Monsieur possesseur du livret, c'est le portrait de Mr. D...., courtier d'assurances - Ah ben avec une boule comme ça, il n'a pas besoin de s'assurer, on ne l'enlevera pas. (Madame sa femme sort extrêmement flattée).


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