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The Past, the Present, the Future, plate 349

A work made of lithograph in black on off-white wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of lithograph in black on off-white wove paper.

Date:

1834

Artist:

Honoré Victorin Daumier
French, 1808-1879

About this artwork

Honoré Victorin Daumier’s caricatures of French King Louis-Philippe (reigned 1830–1848) used satire as a form of political critique. This print, published in the satirical journal La Caricature in 1834, depicts the king with an exaggerated pear-shaped head and three faces, reflecting the sharp shift in public opinion of the king—from inspiring hope at his coronation to inciting despair once his reign took hold. Daumier’s caricatures did get him into trouble: his earlier print, Gargantua, an even more biting critique of the monarchy’s gluttonous economic policies, resulted in the artist and his publisher Charles Philipon being sentenced to six months in jail in 1832.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Title

The Past, the Present, the Future, plate 349

Origin

France

Date

1834

Medium

Lithograph in black on off-white wove paper

Dimensions

216 × 195 mm (image); 357 × 270 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Albert H. Wolf Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1935.34

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