Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1855

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Height

9 3/4"

Width

14 1/2"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: FF_010_D

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Additional Information

Les chiens replongés dans un redésespoir... c. 1855

English: The dogs are again falling into despair after having heard that there will be a new dog license tax after all.

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

Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

In 1855, a tax on dogs had just been initiated in France and along with it came the first efforts to protect animals from cruelty. While Daumier’s print might be explained simply in these terms, it may also convey an anti-establishment attitude toward the French government. Published during the Second Empire, at a time when political dissent was suppressed, the dismayed dogs might metaphorically suggest disapproval of the government and its Emperor by the people.

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