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Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
English: ATHALIE. All I found was a mixture of bones, of blood and flesh in various tones.
Lithograph, published in Le Charivari, initialed in the lithographic stone
Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations
University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collections
Daumier’s lithograph shows scene from a performance of Athalie, the final tragedy of seventh-century French writer Jean Racine. What is perhaps most interesting in the print are the high-contrast illumination effects that Daumier reveals that suggest the “modern” use of gas light—rather than oil lamps, which had been utilized previously for theatrical lighting.