Honoré Daumier, ‘Prosecutor’, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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Honoré Daumier

Prosecutor

Pen and ink with watercolor on laid paper
6 5/8 × 5 in
16.8 × 12.7 cm
Permanent collection
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About the work
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington
overall: 16.9 x 12.7 cm (6 5/8 x 5 in.)
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
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Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
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, ‘Prosecutor’, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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About the work
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Washington
overall: 16.9 x 12.7 cm (6 5/8 x 5 in.)
Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington
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

Prosecutor

Pen and ink with watercolor on laid paper
6 5/8 × 5 in
16.8 × 12.7 cm
Permanent collection
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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