The North Branch School – North Branch School Online Auction 2020
Auction Ends: Dec 6, 2020 09:00 PM EST

Art

Honore Daumier vintage lithograph prints

Item Number
188
Estimated Value
$60 USD
Sold
$15 USD to cs7dd54c7
Number of Bids
1  -  Bid History

Item Description

Honoré Daumier (1808 - 1879) was famous in his time as France's best-known caricaturist. The marvels of his pictorial inventions are half-hidden in the profusion of his enormous lithographic work; the sharp truths of his observation overshadowed by his comic genius and penchant for monumental stylization.

First:

Sorry Sir, I'm a commercial salesman attached to the funeral home, and I'd like to see. If sir
(Pardon Monsieur, je suis courtier de commerce, attaché aux pompes funèbres, et je venais voir!... Si Monsieur)
(1839-1840)
no. 22 from the émotions Parisienne (Parisian emotions) series

Second:

"Victor Hugo" (slight water damage- see picture) This print, from a series of 109 images of legislators by Daumier called "Les Représentans Représentés" (The Representatives Represented), was made just after Hugo was elected to the Legislative Assembly. Already famous for his writing at that point, he stands on a large stack of books. The inscription translates as "He has just been posed a grave question, he gives himself over to somber reflections -Somber reflection can only illuminate the grave question! - And so isn't he the most somber of all great grave men!" Created in a period of strict censorship laws, imposed in 1835, the portraits and accompanying inscriptions in "Les Représentans Représentés" are much more genial than those in the artist's earlier renderings of political figures. Les Célébrités de "La Caricature". Daumier drew the later series in a style of caricature that was becoming popular around this time, in which the subject's large head sits on a small body.

 

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Barry & Warren King