The enduring image of King Louis-Philippe as a pear was invented by Charles Philipon but it was Daumier who employed it most brilliantly in many of his prints. The image alluded to the Citizen King’s jowly face and corpulent figure, and to the double meaning of the French word ‘poire’, signifying both ‘pear’ and ‘imbecile’. Here the expressions on a three-faced pear change from a smile to a malevolent scowl.
Le passé, le présent, l'avenir
33.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed l.l., [inscribed on stone] "H.D.[reversed]". Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Citizen Artist - Daumier and his time, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 1990–27 Jan 1991
Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014