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ID number:  BIRBI-96.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Daumier, Honoré (1808-1879)
Title / Object name:  Et pendant ce temps-là ils continuent à affirmer qu'elle ne s'est jamais mieux portée
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Île-de-France: Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  1872
Materials:  Lithograph
Measurements:  Paper 28.3 x 27.5 cm; mount 55.8 x 40.5 cm
Provenance:  Presented to the Trustees, September 1996

Daumier was a Republican, but there is no sense of triumph in this depiction of the Monarchy as a withered corpse in an open coffin. The Franco-Prussian War (1871-2) and resultant turmoil created horrifying living conditions for working-class citizens in Paris. Daumier, humbled by the experience of the human cost of conflict in starving civilians, found no place for humour in this work. Whilst his other caricatures are full of visual jokes, this, the last he produced for Le Charivari newspaper, is chilling and unflinching in its representation.

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