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Honoré Daumier

Le défenseur (The Defense Attorney)

Pen and black and red ink, two shades of grey wash
7 3/5 × 9 2/5 in
19.4 × 23.9 cm
Location
New York
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Lawyers and characters of the Parisian court system constitute one of Daumier's more consistent …

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Honoré Daumier
French, 1808–1879
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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.

Honoré Daumier, ‘Le défenseur (The Defense Attorney)’, Christie's Old Masters
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Lawyers and characters of the Parisian court system constitute one of Daumier's more consistent bodies of work and were favorite subjects since his youth (his first job was errand boy to a bailiff). In Paris his family lived opposite the Palais de Justice and the young Daumier used to visit the court and sketch …

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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
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Signed 'h Daumier'
Honoré Daumier
French, 1808–1879
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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.

Honoré Daumier

Le défenseur (The Defense Attorney)

Pen and black and red ink, two shades of grey wash
7 3/5 × 9 2/5 in
19.4 × 23.9 cm
Location
New York
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