19th Century European

Les Bons Bourgeois

Lithograph, image size 12 x 9 inches, 1847, D. 1543, plate signed "h.D." l.l., this is from the comic journal of the time, "Le Charivari", published Sept. 28, 1847, which Daumier used as a venue for his views on the corrupt social and political life of the elite. For example, through the use of satire he portrayed the king as a money eating "Gargantua" which landed him in jail for six months. He was referred to as the "Michelangelo of caricature" by his fellow artists creating over 500 paintings and 1000 drawings in his lifetime.

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