Title of Work
Date of Work
Hand colored lithograph
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 BEAUX JOURS DE LA VIE
Published in Le Charivari & Album Les Beaux Jours de la Vie
Original text: LE FORMAT DE PLUS EN PLUS MONSTRE.
- Notre journal qui annonce que dans l'intention de nous être agréable il va encore prochainement aggrandir son format!
- C'est-il dieu possible!...
- C'est vrai dieu possible.
English: THEY GET BIGGER AND BIGGER.
- Our newspaper announces that in order to please the subscribers, they will soon increase the format of the paper.
- My God, is that still possible?
- I’m afraid, by God, it is!
Hand-colored lithograph, sur blanc impression, initialed in lithographic stone
Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations
University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection
While the subject satires trends of the time to please readers by expanding newspaper formats, Daumier’s print was made during an era when censorship laws prohibited his earlier tendencies to launch scathing attacks on the monarchist regime of Louis Philippe.