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Honoré Victorin Daumier
19th c. Realist Painter, lithographer, sculptor, caricaturist
b. Feb 26, 1808 Marseilles, France; d. Feb 10, 1879 Valmondas, France
Political and social satirist. In 1830 he began to use the relatively new process of lithography to contribute political cartoons to the anti-government weekly "Caricature". He spent 6 months in prison for his attacks in this magazine on Louis-Philippe. Daumier turned to satire of social life after the supression of political satire in 1835. After the 1848 revolution he returned to political subjects. He made more than 4000 lithographs in his lifetime, and ended his career almost blind and nearly destitute. His paintings were not well known until after his death.
Bénézit; RILA/BHA; Thieme-Becker; Oxford Dict. of Art.