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Honoré Victorin Daumier, French, (1808–1879)
Les Bons Bourgeois: Comment se termine… une conversation conjugale, 1846
Ink on paper
20 x 16 1/2 in. (51 x 42 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Lithography
Credit Line: Gift, Private Collection
Accession Number: 2016.13.1


Commentary
Daumier’s signature dry wit shines through this cartoon. France’s most popular caricaturist throughout much of the 19th century, Daumier’s favorite subjects were most often political figures or the lives of his fellow Frenchmen. Well known in his life for his drawings in newspapers of current events and daily life, Daumier captured a middle-aged couple reclining in their sitting room in this lithograph. He entitled it, “How a conversation between married people ends after dinner.” Daumier’s use of the word conjugale suggests a slightly bawdy play upon the word, as he keenly observes the changes in a relationship after several decades of married life.

Gillian Holzer, SC '19

Appeared in "Le Charivari": "Les Bons Bourgeois," Pl. #4

Marks
Center, top: "Les Bons Bourgeois"
Top, right: 'No. 22"
The print bears the artist's signature: "h.D." in the lower right.
Lower left, outside of the image: "Imp. d'Aubert & Cie."
Lower right, outside of the image: "Chez Aubert Pl. de la Bourse."

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