“- Ah yes, those comets, they always predict great misfortunes. It doesn't surprise me at all that poor Madame Galuchet suddenly died last night,” plate 573 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:

October 30, 1858

Artist:

Honoré Victorin Daumier
French, 1808-1879

About this artwork

Daumier was frustrated throughout the 1850s by the censorship of Emperor Louis Napoleon, who took power in a swift coup d’état in 1851, forcing Daumier to turn to social rather than political topics for the second time in his career. An unusual event such as a comet’s arrival was likely a welcome subject. Daumier designed ten comet prints, then rapidly produced another ten when Parisians responded enthusiastically. Le Charivari, the comedic newspaper that published Daumier’s work, continued to print this second set after June 13 had come and gone, including this scene of women gossiping as a comet streaks behind them.

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Artist

Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Title

“- Ah yes, those comets, they always predict great misfortunes. It doesn't surprise me at all that poor Madame Galuchet suddenly died last night,” plate 573 from Actualités

Origin

France

Date

1858

Medium

Lithograph in black on white wove paper

Dimensions

204 × 251 mm (image); 275 × 358 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of the Print and Drawing Club

Reference Number

1955.1172

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