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Uploaded on Feb 8, 2010
A not so serious guide to an exhibition of 19th century French caricatures by Honoré Daumier, supplied by the Daumier-Register http://www.daumier.org. Music - Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet.
Honoré Daumier (February 26, 1808 February 10, 1879) was a French printmaker, caricaturist, painter, and sculptor, whose works recreated the social and political life in 19th century France.
He was a prolific draftsman who produced almost 4000 lithographs and 1000 wood engravings as well as approximately 1000 drawings, 500 paintings and almost 100 sculptures. He was perhaps best known for his caricatures of political figures and satires on everyday life of his countrymen, although posthumously the importance of his paintings has also been recognized.
The Daumier Register has become a centre of information for collectors, researchers and museums supplying through their two websites in depth information about Daumiers life and work on the Internet.
The first site, http://www.daumier.org gives general background information such as - biography - bibliography (some 2000 entries) - exhibitions (from 1849-2011, more than 1100 entries) - Daumier portraits by other artists - collectors guide - book illustrations and much more!
The second site, http://www.daumier-register.org is an interactive database which allows to research and see all of Daumiers 5000 prints. His paintings, drawings and sculptures will be added in the future.
The scenes shown on this Youtube reproduction represent only an exceedingly small choice of prints we found to be of interest when looking at a specific theme.