Honoré Daumier

1808-1879

Honoré Daumier was France's greatest caricaturist. With great humour, he portrayed political maladjustment and the narrow-minded middle class of Paris. He drew thousands of lithographs for the social-satirical daily newspaper "Le Charivari". He was political censored several times throughout his whole life. The publication of his caricatures of the "Bourgeois King" Louis-Philipe in 1830 even got him sentenced to six months in prison.

For a brief period only after the revolution of 1848 was he allowed to direct his satirical arrows at politics again. It was during this time that he created the immortal characters "Robert Macaire" and "Patapoil".

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