Honoré Daumier, Advocates in talk
Daumier has always been one of my favorite artists. The enormous vitality and range of his work always provide me with stimulus. By fortuitous circumstance, I was very luck to see the retrospective of his work both at the Grand Palais in Paris and at the Phillips Collection in D.C. and the impression of seeing the retrospective twice in two different locations made a lasting and indelible impression.
I was just reading about his influence on van Gogh and so wanted to post on that but initially just wanted to put up a few of his line drawings that evidence the intense concentration and accuracy of Daumier’s eye. . The great involvement both men had with the human story–with its particulars–make their connection obvious when one begins to think about it.
Here’s the caricature of Louis Philippe as Rabelais’ Gargantua which led to his imprisonment for six months: