Honoré Daumier. Framed lithograph. People of justice. No 885. 1990. Antique caricature.


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Graphic work on black and white vellum paper, framed by Honoré Daumier.
People of justice.
Inscription at the bottom of the image: Honoré Daumier. “Master Chapotard reading his own praise of himself in a judicial journal.” 1847.
Lithograph on wove paper, Vergé with signature and 885 print.
Measures with frame: 57.5 x 46.5 x 0.7 cm or 22 5/8 x 18 1/4 x 1/4 inches.
Poster measurement: 47 x 35 cm or 18 1/2 x /3 3/4 inches.
2 black and ivory beveled mats.
Black painted frame with protective acrylic glass.
Inscribed on the back of the paper which covers the frame: "Was framed on July 12, 1997".
Some wear marks and scratches on the black frame (see photos).
Sticky paper folded on itself at the bottom left of the poster (Not visible framed).

"French engraver, caricaturist, painter and sculptor, Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) is mainly known for his caricatures and satires on the behavior of his contemporaries. In his countless works on paper sketching lawyers, he draws on his own experiences in the courtroom. Long before he was imprisoned, he saw his father pursued by creditors. He clearly enjoyed making fun of the legal profession and evidently felt that the deck was always stacked against the poor and the defenseless society. Whatever the outcome for the average man, the advocates of Daumier's images always come out well.
In 1830, he began a career as a political cartoonist, making lithographs for the satirical magazine La Caricature where he enjoyed success for his portraits of politicians of the July Monarchy. In 1832, because of his caricature of Louis-Philippe represented as Gargantua, he was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of five hundred francs, a significant sum because the salary of a worker was then around four francs fifty per cent. 15 to 17 hours of work per day, or around 27 francs per week.
The bourgeoisie and middle classes hardly appreciated the way Daumier ridiculed them; they persecuted him and always refused to see him as anything other than a caricaturist. However, its universality is incontestable: Daumier is the first great contemporary artist to focus on the fate of the oppressed by denouncing the deep reasons for their material and moral misery.

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