Sight, plate 39 from Types Parisiens

A work made of lithograph in black on white wove paper, with letterpress verso.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on white wove paper, with letterpress verso.

Date:

August 4, 1839

Artist:

Honoré Victorin Daumier
French, 1808-1879

About this artwork

A favorite of Daumier’s, this print is a play on traditional genre scenes, comically at odds with the sense it portrays. “Sight” is represented by a nighttime stroll alongside the River Seine, with Notre Dame emerging hazily from the darkness. The clearest object is the moon, represented by a curve of unmarked paper, in stark contrast with the heavily shaded image. The moon’s prominence only deepens the print’s irony: a crescent moon is traditionally a symbol that a husband has been cuckolded by his wife, suggesting that the man in the print cannot see what is right before his eyes.

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Artist

Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Title

Sight, plate 39 from Types Parisiens

Origin

France

Date

1839

Medium

Lithograph in black on white wove paper, with letterpress verso

Dimensions

200 × 228 mm (image); 251 × 374 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection

Reference Number

1935.194

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