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An image of The past, the present, the future by Honoré Daumier

Honoré Daumier

(France 26 Feb 1808 – 10 Feb 1879)

Title
The past, the present, the future
Alternative title:
Le passé, le présent, l'avenir
Year
1834
Media category
Print
Materials used
lithograph
Dimensions

33.0 x 26.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed l.l., [inscribed on stone] "H.D.[reversed]". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
476.1988
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Nicholas Draffin, Citizen Artist - Daumier and his time, Sydney, 1991, 6.

Exhibition history (3)

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