Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone
Art & Design Study Collection
Stored - FF_006_K
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: AUX BAINS DE MER
Published in LE CHARIVARI
Original text: LA DAME MAIGRE. - Voilà le bateau à vapeur qui sort.... le baron Coquenard doit être à bord!... enfonçons-nous dans la mer pour qu'il ne nous voie pas dans ce costume..... LA GROSSE DAME. - Moi.... je ne suis pas fâchée qu'il me voie..... lui qui prétend toujours qu'il ne reste rien d'une femme quand elle a quitté sa crinoline et son corset!.....
Translation: THE LOW LADY. - Here is the steamer coming out .... Baron Coquenard must be on board! ... let's sink into the sea so that he doesn't see us in this costume ..... THE BIG LADY. - Me .... I am not sorry that he sees me ..... he who always claims that nothing remains of a woman when she left her crinoline and her corset! .....