Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1850

Medium

Lithograph

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Displayed

Location

School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building

Additional Information

Un cauchemar de Mimi. 1850.

English: Mimi's nightmare.

Lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in lithographic stone

Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

The print references the medical-pharmaceutical world by depicting an oversized syringe that appears in the nightmare of Louis Désiré Véron (1798-1867)—who was a doctor, pharmacist, opera manager, publisher, and politician. Veron owned the conservative newspaper, Le Constitutionnel, which had opposing views to the republican causes favored by Daumier and the satirical periodical, Le Charivari.

Aside from the syringe, Veron’s eerie dream involves a giant nightcap, a huge spider, and Le Charivari—a publication that regularly attacked Veron. The spider is labelled "paté Regnault,” in reference to a cough cream invented by a pharmacist that was successfully marketed by Veron.

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

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