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Une victime de la politesse

Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879). Une victime de la politesse, 1852. Lithograph, 11 1/4 x 9 inches (28.6 x 22.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Mrs. Theodore G. Kenefick, 1962 (P1962:3.8).

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Honoré Daumier

French, 1808-1879

Une victime de la politesse, 1852

lithograph

image: 9 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches (25.0825 x 21.59 cm); sheet: 11 1/4 x 9 inches (28.575 x 22.86 cm); mat: 19 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches (48.895 x 36.83 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Mrs. Theodore G. Kenefick, 1962

P1962:3.8

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Inscriptions

signature, undated / front, lower left of image area / h. Daumier
inscription / front, upper center / CROQUIS MUSICAUX
inscription / front, lower center of image area / 377
imprint / front, left, immediately below image area / Chez Pannier & Cie rue du Croissant, 16 Paris.
imprint / front, right, immediately below image area / Imp. Ch. Trinocq Cour des Miracles, 9. Paris.
inscription / front, lower left / 1448 1-1
object text / front, lower center / Une victime de la politesse.

Class

Prints

Work Type

Lithograph

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Although Honoré Daumier worked in many mediums, he is best known for his remarkably astute lithographs and produced nearly four thousand of these prints over his forty-year career. His works are frank, but often still light-hearted, depictions of everyday scenes that illuminate and critique the faults in his social environment. His earliest lithographs, inspired by the political and social tumult that defined France’s July Monarchy, first appeared in the satirical weekly paper La Caricature and the daily paper Le Charivari.

A Victim of Politeness is from one of Daumier's series illustrating the misbehaviors of the bourgeoisie, “Croquis Musicaux" ("Musical Sketches"). Here, Daumier’s chosen character is a guest unsuccessfully pretending to enjoy a musical performance. In the series as a whole, Daumier exposes the hypocrisy of such individuals and provides a look behind the prim and polished veneer of the upper middle classes.

Label from Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One: Humor and Satire from the Collection, November 19, 2016–March 19, 2017

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