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Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
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.
Series: LES REPRÉSENTANS REPRÉSENTÉS
Published in Le Charivari
Felix Pyat. 1849
Lithograph, sur blanc impression without text, initialed in lithographic stone
Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations
University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection
When the lithograph appeared in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari, it had a French caption added that translates into English as follows:
Convinced by the speech (that was) delivered by Felix Pyat in favour of the right to work, Daumier immediately assumed the right to work at the expense of the orator Montagnard.
Felix Pyat was a writer and active socialist politician who strongly advocated “the right to work” (which had a different political meaning than it does in the United States today). After the Revolution of 1848, which overthrew Louis Philippe, Pyat was a member of the Constituent Assembly, where he was aligned with the radical Montagnard faction.