An Excusable Error. Chickens thinking they have found the cage where they spent their early childhood, plate 21 from La Crinolomanie

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

This lithograph focuses on the outlandish crinoline fashion, which lasted about a decade. Among other activities, Daumier’s exuberant crinolines destroy gardens, sweep up street trash, and catch their wearers in high winds and turnstiles. While this plate comes from the Actualités series, it has also been catalogued under the topic La crinolomanie (Crinoline Mania). This sheet and others by Daumier play on the support garment’s incongruous approximation of the human form. Daumier’s images stress that these contraptions, whether cage- or basket- like, were functionally useless.

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Artist

Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Title

An Excusable Error. Chickens thinking they have found the cage where they spent their early childhood, plate 21 from La Crinolomanie

Origin

France

Date

1857

Medium

Lithograph in black on white wove paper

Dimensions

208 × 269 mm (image); 272 × 360 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

Reference Number

1955.1160

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