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Hand colored lithograph
Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations.
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
Les beaux jours de la vie. Les fumeurs de hadchids, 1842. Ah! quel plaisir oriental je commence à éprouver... il me semble que je trotte sur un chameau!... - Et moi... je crois recevoir.. un bastonnade!...
English: Life’s Beautiful Days. The Hashish Smokers. Oh, I am starting to get that marvelous oriental pleasure… I feel like I’m trotting on a camel!… And I believe I’m receiving a beating!
Whereas Daumier depicts two friends making giddy recreational use of cannabis, there were more serious experiments with the drug taking place in at the time. From about 1844 to 1849, a group of prominent French writers and artists formed Le Club des Hachichins (The Hashish Eaters' Club).
French psychiatrist Jacques-Joseph Moreau (1804-1884) was also a member of Le Club des Hachichins. In 1845, Moreau’s research on hashish and its effects on the central nervous system were published in his book, Du Hachisch et de l'aliénation mentale (Hashish and Mental Illness).
Included in the Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibiiton.