Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone
Art & Design Study Collection
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 PHILANTROPES DU JOUR
Published in LE CHARIVARI
Original text: N'ayez pas d'inquiétoude, mossieure... ce été le boule dogue à môa que j'avais institoué pour le sauvement de tout ce qu'il rencontre en fesant son petite promenade dans l'eau.... ce été une chienne bien intelligente....... il savé que pour éviter le noyement il fallait jamais perdre le pied dans une rivière!....
Translation: Do not be worried, mossier ... this summer the mastiff ball to môa that I had instituted for the rescue of all that he meets by taking his little walk in the water .... this summer a very intelligent bitch ....... he knew that to avoid drowning you should never lose your footing in a river! ....
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