Another way to make use of the new petticoats that have lately become fashionable, plate 294 from Actualités

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:

1856

Artist:

Honoré Victorin Daumier
French, 1808-1879

About this artwork

Honoré Daumier made ample fun of the voluminous wire frame skirt known as crinoline, which had been criticized for hiding the natural human form. These women use them to take flight. The fashion was not entirely without defenders: in his 1858 work De la mode (On Fashion), Théophile Gautier commended the skirt as offering a statuesque pedestal to set off the bust and head. The evolution to the crinoline skirt, from its precursor the petticoat, can be seen in the Art Institute’s summer 2013 exhibition, Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.

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Artist

Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Title

Another way to make use of the new petticoats that have lately become fashionable, plate 294 from Actualités

Origin

France

Date

1856

Medium

Lithograph in black on white wove paper

Dimensions

266 × 218 mm (image); 347 × 258 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1953.578

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