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Authors of a Lighter Kind (Des Auteurs Légers)

Honoré Daumier

European Art

MEDIUM Lithograph on newsprint
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES March 2, 1845
    DIMENSIONS Sheet: 8 7/8 x 10 1/16 in. (22.5 x 25.5 cm) Image: 7 x 9 1/16 in. (17.8 x 23 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Lower left in the stone: "h.D."
    INSCRIPTIONS Lower left in block: "703"; lower left below image: "Chez Aubert, Pl. de la Bourse, 29."; lower right below image: "Imp. d'Aubert & Cie."; lower center below image: "DES AUTEURS LÉGERS. On croit généralement en Europe que les vaudevilles des théâtres de Pékin, sont gaiment confectionnés par de jeunes auteurs/qui improvisent une pièce en déjeunant et en sablant du Champagne. Le fait est que ces ouvrages sont presque toujours dus à des personnages assez vieux, mais fort sérieux qui cherchent des folies ou ce qu'ils/nomment en chinois des ka-lem-bourgs, avec l'air de gens qui rumineraient les projets les plus sinistres. Pour faire la plus petite pièce, ils se mettent/à trois, il est vrai que pour la défaire les spectateurs se mettent bien à huit cents."
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1996.225.1
    STATE 2nd state of 2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Shelley and David Garfinkel
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879). Authors of a Lighter Kind (Des Auteurs Légers), March 2, 1845. Lithograph on newsprint, Sheet: 8 7/8 x 10 1/16 in. (22.5 x 25.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Shelley and David Garfinkel, 1996.225.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.225.1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1996.225.1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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    Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879). <em>Authors of a Lighter Kind (Des Auteurs Légers)</em>, March 2, 1845. Lithograph on newsprint, Sheet: 8 7/8 x 10 1/16 in. (22.5 x 25.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Shelley and David Garfinkel, 1996.225.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.225.1.jpg)