Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

Preview

image preview

Date of Work

1867

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: Actualités

Published in Le Charivari

Original text: UNE SÉANCE DE MAGNÉTISME. On dirait que ce diable de Mars ne veut dormir que d'un oeil.

Here Daumier presents an allegory about political instability among nations in Europe. Mars, the god of war, is kept asleep through “animal magnetism” (which preceded hypnotism). Should Mars wake up, war will soon erupt.

In the field of medicine, animal magnetism (or mesmerism) was generally associated more with charlatans, than with honest physicians. Yet, some doctors experimented with it as alternate medicine. As hypnotism progressed through the 19th century, it increasingly gained respectability—when understood as being about the power of suggestion, rather than uncanny magnetic energy.

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

Share

COinS