Title of Work
Date of Work
Hand colored lithograph
Initialed in the lithographic stone.
Art & Design Study Collection
Stored: above box 26
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.
Series: Les Beaux Jours De La Vie
Published in Le Charivari in 1845
Original Text: UN PRIX DE POESIE
M. le directeur de l'Académie, avec une émotion analogue à la circonstance, couronne un nourrisson des muses qui, depuis cinquante trois ans, donne les plus belles espérances.
Translation: THE PRIZE FOR POETRY
The Director of the Academy, with emotion fitting to the circumstance, crowns the foster-child of the muse, who, since 53 years remains a constant source for great expectations.