Title of Work
Date of Work
Art & Design Study Collection
School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building
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.