Daumier’s Political and Social Satire

October 29, 2016 to April 23, 2017
| Level 2
Honoré Daumier, Human Infirmaties, No. 1: Do you hear me, my dear Sir, what I am telling you? Sir, I hear only too well, 1840, lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Robert A. Beyers 1962.65Honoré Daumier, Ancient History, No. 13: The Abduction of Helen, 1842, handcolored lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Michael J. Crowe 1985.175Honoré Daumier, The Socialist Women, No. 1: Insurrection against Husbands is Proclaimed as being the First and Holiest Duty of Life!, 1849, lithograph on paper, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Patricia M. Patterson 2015.51.2Honoré Daumier, The Ministerial Madhouse: Different obsessions of deranged politicians, 1832, hand-colored lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Bromberg 1956.77Honoré Daumier, Current Events, No. 385: Ever since Mr. Babinet had announced that the sun might disappear from one moment to the next, the Parisians are taking all necessary precautions, even at mid-day, 1857, Published in: Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe, lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Robert A. Beyers 1962.63

Daumier’s Political and Social Satire explores work exclusively from the DMA’s collection by Honoré Daumier (1808–1879), a French artist known for his caricatures lampooning politics and society in 19th-century France. The installation presents thirteen works that demonstrate Daumier’s satirical eye, serving collectively as historical documents that reflect the amusements, fashion, demeanor, and politics of 19th-century Parisian life.

Admission is FREE