Honoré Daumier - Quotes about Honoré Daumier (part 5)

In Promenades of an Impressionist, James Huneker quotes Honoré de Balzac as saying,

“There is something of the Michelangelo in this man.” - page 204


Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, a painting by Honoré Daumier created circa 1868. PD Source: Wikimedia Commons

Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, a painting by Honoré Daumier created circa 1868. PD Source: Wikimedia Commons

In Baudelaire and Caricature Michele Hannoosh points to a quote by Charles Baudelaire from an article titled “Some French Caricaturists” that ran in L'Artiste in 1858. Of Daumier he writes: 


“...one of the most important men, I will not say only of caricature, but also of modern art.” - page 88

Atherton Curtis wrote in Some Masters Of Lithography

"In studying Daumier's work it is well to bear in mind that the vast majority of his three thousand seven hundred lithographs were done for the purpose of earning a living, and that he not only disliked lithography, but that caricature itself was distasteful to him. His one ambition in life was to be a painter, but poverty compelled him to turn his genius to other things." - page 75
"Daumier is beyond all doubt the greatest caricaturist that lithography has produced; perhaps it is not too much to say the greatest that any art has produced." - page 80  
"Daumier reviewed in his lithographs almost all the passing events and fashions of his day, such as the comet which was to destroy the world in 1857; the various laws, with their effects on different people; crinolines, a never failing source of amusement to the caricaturists of the period; the influenza, magnetism, spiritualism, with all its absurdities of table-tipping; besides which he ridiculed all grades of society and all kinds of people - the rich, the poor, the middle classes, butchers, cab drivers, porters, artists, lawyers, judges, criminals, proprietors of houses and their tenants, amateur actors; in short no one escaped his raillery." - page 84

In Honoré Daumier: Appreciations of His Life and Works Duncan Phillips writes:

"Of the Old Masters only Michael Angelo surpassed him in giving to abstract thought plastic expression." - page 13

Honoré Daumier on the Internet

Wikipedia | French Wikipedia | Wikimedia Commons | WikiPaintings | British Museum | National Gallery of Art (US) (alt) | National Gallery of Canada

Special Collections

Art Institute Chicago

Bibliothèque nationale de France: Daumier exhibition

Brandeis Libraries: Honore Daumier Lithographs

Brandeis Institutional Repository - Honoré Daumier Digitized Lithographs (Search)

Brooklyn Museum

Célèbrités du Juste Milieu

Collections Database: Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium: Daumier

Encyclopædia Britannica

Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University Library: Daumier

Hammer Daumier Collection: Honoré Daumier 

Harvard Art Museums: Artist, Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Hisoire Ancienne Daumier and the ancient Greeks

Honoré Daumier | artble.com

La Silhouette

La CaricaturePDF Format

Le Charivari

Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay - Works by Honoré Daumier

National Library of France Homère: Honoré Daumier

New York Public Library

The Daumier Register

The J. Getty Museum: Comic Art: The Paris Salon in Caricature

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thirty-six of the original clay sculptures

Valmondois.fr La Villa Daumier

Articles and Blogs

BBC - Your Pantings - Honoré Daumier Slideshow

Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University: When Artists Attack the King: Honoré Daumier and La Caricature, 1830–1835

Melton Prior Institute Against Daumier. A Revision of Early French Caricature and Social Graphics. by Alexander Roob

Books and Magazines

A Collection of His Social and Political Caricatures Together with an Introductory Essay on His Art By Elisabeth Luther Cary published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in 1907

Baudelaire and Caricature: From the Comic to an Art of Modernity by Michele Hannoosh published by Penn State Press in 1992

Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Volumes 1-13 by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston published 1903

Daumier Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, published in 1992

Exposition des peintures et dessins de H. Daumier: Galeries Durand-Ruel By Durand-Ruel et fils (Firm), Champfleur published in Paris by Gauthier-Villars, Imprimeur-Libraire in 1878

Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, 1760-1850 edited by Christopher John Murray: Daumier, Honoré (Victorin) 1808-1879

Histoire e la Caricature Moderne (alt) by Champfleury published in Paris by E. Dentu in 1885

Honoré Daumier als Lithograph By Kurt Bertels published by R. Piper & Company in 1908

Honoré Daumier: Appreciations of His Life and Works by Duncan Phillips published in New Your by E.P. Dutton & Company in 1922

Honoré Daumier by Erich Klossowski and Honoré Daumie published in "München by R. Piper & Co. in 1908

Honoré Daumier By Honoré Daumier published by Librarie Félix Juven in 1908 

In The History Of The Nineteenth Century In Caricature by Arthur Bartlett Maurice And Frederic Taber Cooper published in London by Grant Richards In 1904 GutenbergGoogle Books

Les cent et un Robert-Macaire By Honoré Daumier and Charles Philipon published by Aubert & Cie, 1840

Picture and text: Honoré Daumier By Henry James published by Harper and brothers, 1893 

Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker published in New York by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1922

Some masters of lithography by Atherton Curtis published in New York by D. Appleton and Company in 1897

Steeplejack by James Gibbons Huneker published in New York by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1921

The Century Magazine, Volume 39: January 1890, Daumier Caricaturist by Henry James

The Story of French Painting By Charles Henry Caffin published by The Century Company, 1915

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