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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.
Original text: Pastorales: Aux petits des oisons, ils donnent la mangeaille, Et leur bonté s'étend sur toute la volaille, 1846
English: Pastoral: To the young of the goslings, they give the manger, And their kindness extends over all the poultry
Lithograph, initialed in the lithographic stone
Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations
University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection
Often addressing social topics, Honoré Daumier was highly prolific as a satirical cartoonist and printmaker, but less active as a painter and sculptor.
The lithograph on display is plate 45 from Pastorales, a series of 50 prints about the “romance” of country life published in the French illustrated newspaper Le Charivari between1845 and 1846. The French caption below the image can be translated into English as follows: To the small of the goslings they are giving the feed, and their kindness extends all of the poultry.