Honoré Daumier, ‘CROQUIS D'ETE (Plate No. 5) LD 3203’, 1859, David Barnett Gallery

Original Text:
LA FEMME. - Mais, garçon.... nous vous demandons un peu de melon et vous nous apportez un monstre!...
LE MARI. - N'aie pas peur, ma bonne..., nous serons deux contre un......

THE LADY: Waiter we ordered a slice of melon, and you are serving us such a monster!
THE GENTLEMAN: Don't worry, darling, it'll be two against one!

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About Honoré Daumier

The “Michelangelo of caricature,” Honoré Daumier famously satirized France’s bourgeoisie and justice system, and masterfully exposed the misery of the masses through the emerging medium of lithography. Grotesque caricatures of government officials endeared him to the public, although one-too-many scathing renderings of King Louis-Philippe also landed him six months in prison. Thereafter, he stuck to the safer ground of deriding archetypal professionals such as doctors, professors, and especially lawyers and judges, whom he deemed cruel and pretentious. While his output of lithographs and illustrative drawings was most prodigious (circa 4,000 of each), Daumier also sculpted busts of members of parliament and painted religious and historical themes in the naturalist style, including many notable images of Don Quixote riding his horse. These late works were hardly recognized during his lifetime, yet are acclaimed today for their experimental techniques.

French, 1808-1879, Marseille, France, based in Valmondois, France

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