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Nationality

French

Artist Dates

1808-1879

Title of Work

LA MÈRE DES GRACQUES

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Date of Work

1841-1843

Medium

Lithograph

Signature

Initialed in the lithographic stone

Height

14 1/2"

Width

9 1/2"

Collection/Provenance

Art & Design Study Collection

Status

Stored - FF_006_K

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: HISTOIRE ANCIENNE

Published in LE CHARIVARI, Album Histoire Ancienne & Album Comique

Original text: LA MÈRE DES GRACQUES. Un jour qu'une Lorette avec effronterie Lui vantait des joyaux qui valaient quelque sous, En montrant ses deux fils, l'espoir et la patrie, Cette Romaine dit: Voilà mes seuls bijoux!! (Plutarque.)

Translation: THE MOTHER OF THE GRACQUES. One day when a Lorette with effrontery praised to him jewels which were worth some under, By showing her two sons, hope and the fatherland, This Roman says: Here are my only jewels !! (Plutarch.)

Condition Notes

Foxing

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