Daumier the Artist: In My Home
Have you ever attended an art exhibition and purchased a souvenir postcard or print intending to frame it? Only to have it relegated to the cupboard or safely put into a hardcover book to frame later? Well, that is me also! I have just framed my Daumier print from the ‘Paris In The Hunter‘ exhibition and found a home for it on my mantlepiece.
Do you know much about Daumier? Here is some essential information about this Parisian artist that has been given the honour of ‘providing a critical pathway to the next generation of artists’ which include Degas and Lautrec. [More details on the life and works of Degas can be found at Artsy]
“You only reproduce what struck you, that is to say the necessary.” -Edgar Degas
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Edgar Degas
Much of Daumier’s work pokes fun at the Bourgeois class that firstly came under his gaze when he lived in Paris. He recorded their lives in a satirical way by exaggerating their actions, activities and ideologies.
Three collections were on display: the Parisian Way of Life; Art of the Theatre; Revolution, Republic and the New Empire. Ideas explored in his works included women’s fashion, family interaction, street scenes, public bathing and picnics. ‘A Use of the New Fashion in Underskirts’ comically shows a voluptuous underskirt being used as a parachute. ‘Excitement at the Zoo’ exaggerates the stand off between a Parisian gentleman and an Indian elephant. (My favourite and now on my mantlepiece.) ‘The Battle Between the Schools’ depicts the battle between idealism versing realism. The people in these works are full of emotive expressions and comedic movement.
Poor eyesight lead to Daumier abandoning his career as an artist. However, not before he had produced around 400 lithographs, 300 paintings, 1000 woodcuts, 800 drawings and watercolours. This very prolific artist harboured a fondness for classical formal drama. A regular at Comedie Frances, Daumier’s biggest influence was the playwright Moliere.
Do you buy keepsakes and souvenirs of your travels and outings? Do they end up being stored away for another day? Why not complete a project today like I did and share it with us in the comments section.
Till next time…
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