Title of Work
Date of Work
Initialed in the lithographic stone
Art & Design Study Collection
Stored: Lilly Jacobson Collection Box 24
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 & Album Les Beaux Jours de la Vie
Original text: UNE HEUREUSE NOUVELLE. - Tiens!.. tiens!.. tiens!.. que lis-je... qu'apprends-je?.. ma femme est morte!... - Oh! pauvre femme!.. quel malheur!... - Pour elle c'est possible ... mais pour moi, c'est bien différent!... et dire qu'une lettre pareille ne m'a couté que huit sous de port... ça n'est pas payé!...
Translation: A HAPPY NEW. - Here! .. here! .. here! .. what am I reading ... what am I learning? .. my wife is dead! ... - Oh! poor woman! .. what a misfortune! ... - For her it is possible ... but for me, it is very different! ... and to say that such a letter cost me only eight sous of postage ... it's not paid! ...