Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Honore Daumier



Daumier (1808-79). French caricaturist, painter and sculptor. During his lifetime he was known chiefly as a political and social satirist, but since his death he has been increasingly recognized as a painter. In 1830, after learning the still fairly new process of lithography, he began to contribute political cartoons to the newly launched anti-monarchist weekly, La Caricature. It's said he produced more than 4,000 lithographs, wishing at the time that the one he had just made could be his last. His paintings were probably done for the most part fairly late in his career. As a caricaturist Daumier stands above all others of the 19th century. The essence of his satire lay in his power to interpret mental states in terms of physical absurdity, but in his directness of vision and lack of sentimentality he has affinities with the realism of Courbet. Although he never mad a commercial success of his art, he was appreciated by the discriminating, his friends and admirers including Baudelaire, Degas, Delacroix, and Forain. In his final years he was almost blind and was saved from destitution by Corot. (Ian Chilvers)

4 comments:

Heather said...

these are really great, he captures so much with graphite, its amazing!

Laura said...

oh the self satisfied parents in the prodigy illustration-you could meet them today. he really did capture human nature in all of its splendor and silliness... thanks for sharing.

Mark said...
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Mark said...

I love Daumier pretty much because he always knew he was not just writing, but speaking about society. His drawings always have so much ethical content that generic viagra pills, being in his time, would have been very worried about the guy.