Sappho's Death. “Young ladies, you see where love leads us Under our feet so dainty and small The wretched chasm of an abyss Into which we eventually fall,” plate 49 from Histoire Ancienne

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

Date:

1843

Artist:

Honoré Victorin Daumier
French, 1808-1879

About this artwork

Daumier’s 50-print series Stories from Antiquity appeared in Charivari over about a year. The Greek poet Sappho is said to have killed herself over a love affair, though specific details of her death are scant. Here Daumier added a helpful Cupid to nudge the unhinged but indecisive figure over the edge, while Charivari writers supplied verses significantly less artful than Sappho’s:Young ladies, you see where love leads us
Under our feet so dainty and small
The wretched chasm of an abyss
Into which we eventually fall.

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Artist

Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Title

Sappho's Death. “Young ladies, you see where love leads us Under our feet so dainty and small The wretched chasm of an abyss Into which we eventually fall,” plate 49 from Histoire Ancienne

Origin

France

Date

1843

Medium

Lithograph in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

239 × 187 mm (image); 360 × 275 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection

Reference Number

1948.406

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