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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.
From Text Panel:
Often addressing social and political topics, Honore Daumier was highly prolific as a satirical cartoonist and printmaker. He was less active as a painter and sculptor. The lithograph on display shows a couple and their young child within the crowd gathered for fireworks celebrations on Bastille Day. The French captions can be translated into English as follows:
Life's beautiful days: A national holiday evening
It never fails: One goes out to see the fireworks, and all one gets is the waterworks!
From alternative text panel:
The subject, featuring a couple and their child within a crowd gathered for fireworks celebrations on a rainy Bastille Day, might allude to the unhappiness of the French people during the reign of King Louis Philippe.