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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
LE RÉBUS ILLUSTRÉ. 1843-46
English: THE ILLUSTRATED PUZZLE.
- Singular! I cannot guess the rebus in today’s Charivari!
- I think I have one word
- I have several words
- I have it all! I must run and tell my wife.
Hand-colored lithograph, sur blanc impression, initialed in lithographic stone
Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations
University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection
As the print suggests, Daumier’s audience took their newspapers seriously—even the less serious sections. The rebus, a puzzle composed of pictures representing words, was a popular feature of Le Charivari, the journal that published the majority of Daumier’s lithographs.