Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
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.”