Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Art & Design Study Collection
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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.
Series: LES AMIS
Published in Le Charivari, Album Comique and Album Les Amis
Original text: - Mon cher je t'assure que je te trouve mauvaise mine ce matin..... ce n'est pas en médecin que je te parle, c'est en ami..... je veux absolument te soigner... mieux que je ne me soignerais moi-même..... je vais t'appliquer trente sangsues à l'épigastre, et si demain matin je ne te trouve pas plus robuste, je t'en réappliquerai soixante!.....
Translation: - My dear, I assure you that I find you looking bad this morning ..... I'm not talking to a doctor, I'm a friend ..... I absolutely want to treat you ... better than I would treat myself ..... I will apply thirty leeches to the epigastrium, and if tomorrow morning I do not find you more robust, I will reapply you sixty! .....