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Caricature & Satire, Daumier, 9 Hours of Sleep, Paris, Antique Print, 19th Century


Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) (after)
9 Heures du Soir [9 Hours of Sleep]
from La Journée du Celibataire [The Bachelor’s Day]
d’Anbert: Mid 19th century
10 x 8 inches, image
15 x 11.5 inches, overall

An elderly man is about to extinguish his bedside candle, his cat and dog nestled with him in this print after Daumier, who was known for his humorous depictions of Parisian life. The caption reads: “Mr. Coquelei, éteignant sa lumiere termine une journée que semblable a la veille et semblable au lendemain retrace la peinture exacte de la vie du celibataire!” [Mr. Coquelei, extinguishing his light at the end of a day which was similar to the previous day and similar to the next day, which gives an exact picture of the life of the bachelor!]

Honoré Daumier was a French graphic artist, painter and sculptor. To support himself as a painter, he began a successful career publishing portraits, caricatures and cartoons for popular magazines; some lithographs were also separately issued. Some of his images were so insulting to King Louis-Phillipe that he had Daumier arrested in 1832 and jailed for two years. From 1848-1871, Daumier concentrated on paintings and drawings of morals and manners that were highly original both in style and subject, humorous, witty, often sharply satirical pictures of contemporary Parisian types and social situations. He also continued to attack the government regime. He was admired for his expressive line and is still considered one of the great draftsmen of the 19th century.

Condition: Generally very good, slightly faded, the paper with the usual light overall toning, some minor scattered wear, soiling. Faint toning from former matting.

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