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Title

Ah! So you want to meddle with the press!

(1833)

Artist

Honoré Daumier

France

26 Feb 1808 – 10 Feb 1879

  • Details

    Other Title
    Don't meddle with the press!
    Alternative title
    Ne vous y frottez pas!
    Date
    (1833)
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    lithograph
    Dimensions
    32.8 x 25.9 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1988
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    475.1988
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Honoré Daumier

    Works in the collection

    123

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  • About

    The unmistakable message conveyed by this lithograph has an autobiographical basis. Prior to its publication Daumier spent six months in prison for his Rabelaisian caricature of King Louis-Philippe, a bumbling reactionary whose threats to republicanism and free speech the artist detested. Daumier's incorruptible worker, in many respects his Statue of Liberty and something of a self-portrait, stands squarely on the bedrock of freedom. With clenched fists and defensive stance, he is ready for the good fight, which Daumier indicates he will win. The enemy, after all, is shown as a pitiful frieze of Establishment figures up to their shoddy tricks. These shenanigans Daumier mercilessly pilloried for much of his career in satirical journals such as 'Caricature' and 'Le Charivari', often at risk to his safety. The authority of this print, told in every stroke of the lithographer's instrument, is technical as much as intellectual. Daumier was an admired painter and sculptor as well as a master printmaker. He spent his final years, blind and impecunious, in a cottage granted to him by Corot.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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