May 30, 2005

The drawings and lithographs, in which Honoré Daumier satirised the bourgeois monarchy of Louis Philippe, and above all its lawyers, are well known and still greatly enjoyed. Less widely known is a series of about 40 caricature busts which he made to a commission from Charles Philipon, who founded the satirical newspapers La Caricature and Charivari. They are modelled in unfired oil-painted clay, and it is perhaps surprising that 36 survive. They are being shown at the Musée d’Orsay until August 28, together with relevant lithographs. The subjects include his friends and family as well as deputés and aristocrats.

From: The Financial Times May 27, 2005