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The Displeasure of a Sculpture Placed in the Middle of an Exhibition of Paintings, plate 5 from Salon De 1857

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

Date:

1857

Artist:

Honoré Victorin Daumier
French, 1808-1879

About this artwork

In this lithograph, Daumier lampooned the popularity of paintings in the annual Salon by placing an overwrought sculpture atop a round settee in the center of a painting gallery. The total number of works of art exhibited at the Salon was already over 5,000 by this date, and paintings were hung nearly from floor to ceiling. As a result, the sculpture in the middle of the room becomes effectively invisible, as viewers seated below only look outward. With so much color on the surrounding walls, the sculpture becomes a monochrome, washed-out specter despite its imposing scale and animated antics.

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Artist

Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Title

The Displeasure of a Sculpture Placed in the Middle of an Exhibition of Paintings, plate 5 from Salon De 1857

Origin

France

Date

1857

Medium

Lithograph in black on white wove paper

Dimensions

246 × 210 mm (image); 358 × 275 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Harold Joachim

Reference Number

1968.27

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