Honoré Daumier: Mirror to the World

Honoré Daumier: Mirror to the World
Honoré Daumier
Paris enrhumé. [Paris having a cold.] 1854
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981

Exhibition Details

Undoubtedly one of the greatest political satirists, Honoré Daumier's withering assaults on the privileges and perceived vices of 19th-century France's elite, and his wider reflections on urban life and social mores, became a mirror to the society in which he lived. Experience his perceptive interpretations of that time in this history-rich exhibition of Daumier's lithographs.

Drawings without borders

After a visit to this exhibition, head down to the lower ground level to watch the short documentary, Drawings without borders, which features the work of nearly 50 cartoonists from around the world. The cartoons gathered by Institut Français offer us an understanding of how the freedom of speech and artistic expression can be used for social and political comment, and show a strong link to work of Honoré Daumier.

 

Date
Curated by
Mathew Norman
Location
Mezzanine level corridor
Cost
Free entry

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Marie-Louise-Charlotte-Philippine Pairie, fille soumise & patentée par la police.. [Marie Louise Charlotte Philippine Pairie, submissive girl, patented by the police.].
Marie-Louise-Charlotte-Philippine Pairie, fille soumise & patentée par la police...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
01 Jan 1835
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
225 x 260 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1954
Accession no
1954/7/1
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L'Unité Allemande. [German Unity].
L'Unité Allemande. [German Unity].

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1871
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
210 x 181 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/1
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Épouvantée de l'héritage.. [Dismayed with her legacy.].
Épouvantée de l'héritage.. [Dismayed with her legacy.].

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1871
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
230 x 180 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/2
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Un paysage en 1870. [A landscape in 1870].
Un paysage en 1870. [A landscape in 1870].

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1870
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
225 x 178 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/3
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Ceci a tué cela.. [These are responsible for those.].
Ceci a tué cela.. [These are responsible for those.].

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1871
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
238 x 197 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/4
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L'Empire c'est la paix.. [The Empire means peace.].
L'Empire c'est la paix.. [The Empire means peace.].

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1871
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
229 x 185 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/5
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Square Napoleon
Square Napoleon

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1871
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
218 x 179 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/6
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Pauvre France! ... le tronc est foudroyé, mais les racines tiennent bon! [Poor France ... the trunk was struck by lightening, but the roots hold fast]
Pauvre France! ... le tronc est foudroyé, mais les racines tiennent bon! [Poor F...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1871
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
234 x 193 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/7
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Paris enrhumé.. [Paris having a cold.].
Paris enrhumé.. [Paris having a cold.].

Honoré Daumier

Production date
07 Feb 1854
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
205 x 271 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/9
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Vue prise sur n'importe quel Boulevard.. [A view on a boulevard - any boulevard.].
Vue prise sur n'importe quel Boulevard.. [A view on a boulevard - any boulevard....

Honoré Daumier

Production date
19 Aug 1854
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
205 x 269 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/10
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Je veux laisser un monument impérissable de notre visite à cette falaise ... j'ajouterai aussi votre nom, Adélaïde, le respect que je professe pour le beau sexe m'en fait un devoir. [I want to leave an imperishable monument of our visit to this cliff ... I will also add your name, Adelaïde, as a proof of my esteem for the fair sex.]
Je veux laisser un monument impérissable de notre visite à cette falaise ... j'a...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
09 Oct 1854
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
207 x 271 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/11/2
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Mr. Vautour. – Bon ! ... voilà encore une maison qu'on abat ... je vais augmenter chacun de mes locataires de deux cents francs!. [Mr. Vautour: Marvellous, another house being demolished ... I'll be able to increase the rent by another 200 francs.].
Mr. Vautour. – Bon ! ... voilà encore une maison qu'on abat ... je vais augmente...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
21 Feb 1854
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
206 x 261 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/13/1
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Ça! ... un appartement de huit cents francs!.... mais j'userai pour plus de douze cents francs de chapeaux. [800 Francs for this apartment? I will wear out more than 1200 francs worth of hats.]
Ça! ... un appartement de huit cents francs!.... mais j'userai pour plus de douz...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
28 Feb 1854
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
180 x 221 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/13/2
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Croquis pris aux Champs Élysées.. [Sketch from the Champs Élysées].
Croquis pris aux Champs Élysées.. [Sketch from the Champs Élysées].

Honoré Daumier

Production date
03 Mar 1854
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
193 x 268 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/13/3
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Le Portier de Mr. Vautour. C'est inutile que je me dérange pour vous faire voir le logement qui est à louer ... nous ne voulons dans la maison ni chiens ni enfants !.... [The Porter of Monsieur Vautour. It's not necessary to go to the trouble to show you the apartment which is for rent ... we do not tolerate dogs or children in the house ...].
Le Portier de Mr. Vautour. C'est inutile que je me dérange pour vous faire voir...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
20 Apr 1854
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
197 x 260 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/13/4
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Brigand de propriétaire ... qui ne veut me faire faire des réparations qu'au beau temps! .... [The landlord really is a real robber ... It seems he chooses to make roof repairs only during sunny weather ...].
Brigand de propriétaire ... qui ne veut me faire faire des réparations qu'au bea...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1848
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
258 x 225 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/13/5
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Ah! ça mais ... arriverons nous bientôt?... [Oh really ... when will we finally be there?]
Ah! ça mais ... arriverons nous bientôt?... [Oh really ... when will we finally...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1848
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
245 x 215 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/13/6
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Tiens, voilà un écriteau que ma femme a passé ... à louer logement de garçon ... heureux celui qui ira l'habiter !.... [Well here is a poster my wife hasn't seen ... studio for rent ... happy the one who is going to live here ...].
Tiens, voilà un écriteau que ma femme a passé ... à louer logement de garçon ......

Honoré Daumier

Production date
1848
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
255 x 215 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/13/7
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C’est comme moi, tout comme moi ! … C’est la garde nationale qu’a fait mon malheur … une nuit … en patrouille ... j’ai voulu rentrer chez moi ... alors … j’ai vu la chose, comme je vous vois… [It's like me, exactly like me! ... the National Guard is the cause for my misfortune ... one night ... on patrol ... I wanted to return to my house ... then ... I had seen the thing, just as I see you ...]
C’est comme moi, tout comme moi ! … C’est la garde nationale qu’a fait mon malhe...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
28 Jan 1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
195 x 278 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/1
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Crie donc, mâtin! … gueule donc! … égosille toi donc et que ça finisse … ne pas fermer l’œil pour un méchant moutard !! le diable emporte les enfans ! je n’en veux plus … [Just keep on screaming you mastiff, go on bawling until you are hoarse and let it be over with ... wasn't able to close an eye all night because of this brat. May the devil take these children ... that's it for me!]
Crie donc, mâtin! … gueule donc! … égosille toi donc et que ça finisse … ne pas...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
06 Feb 1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
220 x 295 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/2
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Mon cher je vous félicite, votre tableau est d’un effet délirant !! - Mais oui ! c’est ce que je trouve aussi.. [My dear fellow , I congratulate you, your picture has an enchanting effect. - Absolutely, I see it the same way.].
Mon cher je vous félicite, votre tableau est d’un effet délirant !! - Mais oui !...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
17 Mar 1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
220 x 265 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/3
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Dieu ! quel nez vous me faites !. [Lord, what a nose you've given me!].
Dieu ! quel nez vous me faites !. [Lord, what a nose you've given me!].

Honoré Daumier

Production date
29 Apr 1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
240 x 280 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/4
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Mon cher ! vous vous êtes admirablement bien évanoui, cela a produit le plus grand effet ! – Bah ! vous trouvez! …….. [My dear! You fainted ... admirably. It really made a lasting impression! – Oh really, you think so?].
Mon cher ! vous vous êtes admirablement bien évanoui, cela a produit le plus gra...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
25 Jul 1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
220 x 265 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/5
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Vilain dormeur va !. [Oh, you nasty sluggard!].
Vilain dormeur va !. [Oh, you nasty sluggard!].

Honoré Daumier

Production date
24 Sep 1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
215 x 300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/6
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La maman – Est il gentil à manger son sucre d'orge!!! … si on ne dirait pas un homme de vingt ans pour la raison! ... je veux qu’il soit avocat ... [The mother: Isn't he cute licking his barley sugar candy ... one would think a young man of twenty years ... He absolutely must become a lawyer!]
La maman – Est il gentil à manger son sucre d'orge!!! … si on ne dirait pas un h...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
21 Oct 1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
242 x 265 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/7
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Que diable Monsieur ne bougez donc pas les mains vous perdez la pose.. [For heaven's sake, Monsieur, don't move your hands or you'll lose the pose!].
Que diable Monsieur ne bougez donc pas les mains vous perdez la pose.. [For heav...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
01 Nov 1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
230 x 295 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/8
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Y n'y a rien comm'ça pour le rhume de cerveau, ça vaut de l'Or!!! ... [There is nothing like it against a cold; it's worth its weight in gold.]
Y n'y a rien comm'ça pour le rhume de cerveau, ça vaut de l'Or!!! ... [There is...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
15 Dec 1838
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
225 x 280 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/9
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Est-il joli ! ... ce chérubin ! ... [How sweet he is! A real little angel!]
Est-il joli ! ... ce chérubin ! ... [How sweet he is! A real little angel!]

Honoré Daumier

Production date
17 Feb 1839
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
215 x 270 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/10
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Pour aller jusqu'au coeur que vous voulez percer, Voila par quel chemin vos coups doivent passer.. [To reach the heart you want to stab, This is the way your knife needs to grab.].
Pour aller jusqu'au coeur que vous voulez percer, Voila par quel chemin vos coup...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
28 Mar 1839
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
222 x 265 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/11
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... princes trop généreux, En quelle extrémité me jetez-vous tous deux. (Bérénice). [... Charitable Princes. Into what misery are you both plunging me! (Bérénice)].
... princes trop généreux, En quelle extrémité me jetez-vous tous deux. (Bérénic...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
31 Mar 1839
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
211 x 270 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/12
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Elle dort toujours! ... c'est bien amusant!! .... [She is still sleeping! ... That's really amazing!! ...].
Elle dort toujours! ... c'est bien amusant!! .... [She is still sleeping! ... Th...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
03 Mar 1839
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
205 x 275 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/13
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Oui! oui! c'est entendu, je comprends! ... qu'elle scie? ... laissez moi donc boire … [Yes! yes! It's a deal, I understand! ... so be it ... why don't you let me drink something now!]
Oui! oui! c'est entendu, je comprends! ... qu'elle scie? ... laissez moi donc bo...

Honoré Daumier

Production date
07 Apr 1839
Medium
lithograph
Size (h x w)
190 x 300 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1981
Accession no
1981/50/14/14