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Title

The past, the present, the future

1834

Artist

Honoré Daumier

France

26 Feb 1808 - 10 Feb 1879

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Le passé, le présent, l'avenir
    Date
    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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    476.1988
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Honoré Daumier

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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