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Initialed in the lithographic stone.
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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.
Original Text: LES BON BOURGEOIS.
- Quand en société vous voudrez bien recevoir un énorme coup de poing, placez-vous comme ceci! ...
English: THE GOOD BOURGEOIS.
- If, in public, you would like to get a good hit, you stand like this!
- Sorry, professor, but actually I would prefer not to be hit at all.
- This would be against the rules of the art, and besides, you would have no reason to hit back!
Lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in the lithographic stone
Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations
University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collections
Many French citizens took up boxing, a sport that had been introduced from England in the early nineteenth century. The portly amateur in the lithograph seems a poor fit for the spot, especially in comparison to his rugged trainer.