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Lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in lithographic stone
16 5/8" (framed)
18 5/8" (framed)
Art & Design Study Collection
Displayed: Fourth floor, hallway next to Office of the Dean at the end of Administration & Finance hallway
School of Medicine & Health Sciences Building
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.
Two women holding on to a yelling child. One woman holds down the child's shoulders while the other presses a thumb into the child's forehead.
Series: Croquis d'Expressions
Published in Le Charivari
Original text: Appuyez fort ça fait rentrer la bosse. – (L’enfant) Oh ! la… oh!…. la la la… la...... – C’est ça appuyez toujours il n’y a rien de meilleur !…… c’est excéllent !!…
Asinine home remedies for medical problems appear in some of Daumier’s prints. Here, two women apply hard pressure to the lump on a young child’s head to make it go away. Although experiencing considerable pain, the child cooperates with the senseless treatment. Folk-medicine practices, which were often ineffective, sometimes had painful consequences in Daumier’s day.
Included in the Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire exhibition.
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