Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1846

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Height

14 1/4"

Width

10 3/4"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: FF_010_D

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

Un monsieur qui veut se donner la satisfaction d’avoir

son masque. 1846

English: A gentleman who enjoys the satisfaction of having his mask taken.

Lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in the lithographic stone

Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

Sculptors sometimes used plaster casts or “life-masks” of a person’s face as the basis for a portrait bust. From the application and drying of the plaster, to its skin-pulling removal, the process was incredibly uncomfortable. The subject of Daumier’s print seems likely to agree with Abraham Lincoln, who underwent the procedure in 1860—he found it “anything but agreeable.”

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