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The War Council (Conseil de guerre)

Artist:
Honoré Daumier (French, Marseilles 1808–1879 Valmondois)
Date:
1872
Medium:
Lithograph on wove paper
Dimensions:
Image: 10 in. × 8 3/4 in. (25.3 × 22.2 cm) Sheet: 11 3/8 × 9 3/16 in. (28.9 × 23.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jacob H. Schiff Bequest, 1922
Accession Number:
22.63.7
Not on view
Daumier scrutinized French politics with such grim, inextinguishable hope that his cartoons symbolize any crisis anywhere. His vision of a timeless nightmare, skeletons on the march toward the offices of the war council, shocked the censors into prohibiting the publication of this print. Thus, while Daumier's caricatures generally circulated in large numbers, there exists only one of the Council of War.
Les Témoins

Signature: in the stone, lower left: h.D.

Inscription: numbered, lower right: 30.
Vendor: Maurice Le Garrec (French, died 1937)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 20, 2008–January 11, 2009.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor," January 26, 2016–May 22, 2016.

Delteil, Daumier.3936
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