Honoré Daumier, ‘Histoire Ancienne (Plate No. 49) LA MORT DE SAPHO 2nd State (rare) Delteil #973’, 1843, David Barnett Gallery

Original Text:
LA MORT DE SAPHO.
Jeunes filles, voyez où nous conduit l'Amour!
Sous nos pieds si mignons, le gueux creuse un abîme
Où l'on tombe aisément; car du plaisir au crime
Le chemin est bigrement court.

(Mlle. Esther, poésies morales.)

Translation:
SAPPHO'S DEATH.
Young ladies, you see where love leads us
Under our feet so dainty and small
The wretched chasm of an abyss
Into which we eventually fall.

(Mlle. Esther, moralistic poems)

Image rights: David Barnett Gallery

Publisher: Delteil #973

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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