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Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

Title of Work

Un Prix de Poésie

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Date of Work

1845

Medium

Hand colored lithograph

Edition #

43

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone.

Height

13"

Width

10"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored: FF_008_G

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 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.

Condition

Very good

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