Honoré Daumier, ‘Le Ventre Legislatif, from: L'Association mensuelle’, 1834, Christie's
Honoré Daumier, ‘Le Ventre Legislatif, from: L'Association mensuelle’, 1834, Christie's


A very good impression, published by Aubert, Paris, with small margins, some minor creases at the sheet edges, the tip of the upper right sheet corner made-up, a few other minor defects, otherwise in good condition; with Le Procureur-Général Plougoulm (deuxieme planche), by the same hand, lithograph, 1833, on thin white paper, a rare impression of the second, final state, some flattened creases, otherwise in good condition

Image 280 x 431 mm., Sheet 329 x 465 mm. (D. 131)
Image & Sheet 309 x 234 mm. (D. 167)

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Delteil 131 &167

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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