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University Art Collections: Lilly Jacobson Collection, Art & Design Dept.
Displayed: Second Floor, near the Fredrikson & Byron Law Firm Office suite
UND School of Law
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: CROQUIS D'EXPRESSIONS
Original text: Des preuves !...... des preuves !...... tout mon quartier, toute la ville le sait parbleu ! bien............. je suis cocu et recocu, je puis m’en vanter.
In this print, a client is very upset as he discusses his wife’s infidelity with his lawyer. Interestingly, his hair takes on shapes of horns and a tail, making the client appear devil-like. By representing the client this way, Daumier alludes to how marital strife can bring out the worst behavior in people when engaged in legal battles.
Included in the Honoré Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibition, 2018.
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