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Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

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Date of Work

1843-46

Medium

Hand colored lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Height

13"

Width

10"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: FF_010_D

Location

UND Art Collections Repository

Artist Bio

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.

Additional Information

Series: LES BEAUX JOURS DE LA VIE

Published in Le Charivari & Album Les Beaus Jours de la Vie

Original text: UNE REPRÉSENTATION À BÉNÉFICE.

-Je viens de compter la recette, mon pauvre vieux... elle s'élève à sept cents francs... mes frais sont de sept cents soixante... et cela s'appelle une représentation à bénéfice... amère dérision!.....

English: A BENEFIT PERFORMANCE.

- My old friend, I just calculated the receipts of this performance... they amounted to 700 Francs... my costs amount to 760... and this is called a benefit performance... quite a joke.

Hand-colored lithograph, sur blanc impression, initialed in lithographic stone

Purchased with funds from the Myers Foundations

University Art Collections: Art & Design Study Collection

The print is about actors who have participated in a benefit performance to raise money for a humanitarian cause, but instead of acting benevolent, they complain about their financial expenses. Daumier often criticized attitudes of the bourgeoisie in regard to the genuineness of their charitable efforts.

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