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Lower right, initialed in the lithographic stone
Art & Design Study Collection
Displayed: First floor, Family & Community Medicine 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.
Published in Le Charivari in 1843.
Original Text:LES NOUVEAUX RESTAURANS ANGLAIS À PARIS.
-Vraiment ça n'est pas cher.... pour deux francs vingt cinq centimes on vous donne une bouteille de bière, une soupe à la tortue, un rosbif aux pommes, un morceau de veau à la gelée de groseille et une colique!....
English: NEW ENGLISH RESTAURANTS IN PARIS.
-This is really not too expensive... for two francs and 25 centimes they give you a bottle of beer, turtle soup, a roast beef with potatoes, a slice of veal, currant jelly and a colic.
Given the reputation of English cuisine (from a French perspective), a French restaurant in England might seem more likely than the other way around. Daumier suggests that diners were getting more than they bargained for at Paris’ new English restaurants—but not in a good way.
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