Special Homage to Daumier

    This is the month in which The great Artist, Honore Daumier died; therefore, I post the two rare and original pages of his work as published during his lifetime for sale on these pages, and  a copy of his obituary from the New York Times, March 3, 1879. (With thanks to the splendid website: www.info@Daumier.org  for sending it to me.) Please send me any questions about the prints if I have not described them adequately enough.DAUMIER_OBITUARY,_NYT_1879[1]   (click on the link to read the original obit.) 

 These orignal pages are from the hand of the artist himself and very rarely does one come up for sale.

I love Daumier and would collect a wall- full of his work if I had an office in government or university or law. Nobody yet measures up to his happy ridicule of the bourgeoisie, the government, politics and pseudo-classicism, and, strangely, it is still very inexpensive to collect. Unfortunately, it is time for me to part with two of my treasures:

“The Fall of Icarus”  and “The Minister of Surveillance under Surveillance.”

Below are two fabulous examples of Daumier’s work for sale. Don’t let the photographer’s blue lens throw you–both pieces are newsprint color and both are in excellent condition, exactly as I bought them in a little print shop in London in 1979 just after Norton Simon himself had gleaned every Daumier a day earlier. But he missed these two! 

“Fall of Icarus” from La Charivari / “Histoire Ancienne. “ (La Chute D’Icare) Slightly worn, crease down middle of newsprint on verso . 10×14 page

10×14 page from Actualities D#2908 “Surveilling the Commissioner of Surveillance” Newsprint with pencil “w/ix 51/2908 /(Newsprint on the verso) worn condition but perfect print of a timeless subject. Non?

You can read much about this artist on the Internet, so look around for the excellent websites dedicated to Daumier. I will say only that after mastering lithography in his early teens and a lifetime of making innumerable works for newspapers and magazines, galleries and friends, this printer, painter and sculptor went blind and died in a little cottage in the countryside lent him by his friend and fellow artist, Corot. Daumier was known in his lifetime as the “Michelangelo of caricature” and once spent six months in jail for his print of the king as Gargantua. Ah the French! For all their love of art and artists, they can be highly outraged. Even Flaubert went on trial for Madame Bovary.

“One of the most important men, I will not say only of caricature, but also of modern art.”-Baudelaire.

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