A Literary Discussion in the Second Tier, from "Le Charivari"

Honoré Daumier French

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The "discussion" of the title is actually a fight taking place in the tightly-packed second tier of a theater. A central figure lurches forward to strangle and dangle another spectator over the balcony. Another man tries to restrain him from behind, while the crowd reacts with mouths agape.

A Literary Discussion in the Second Tier, from "Le Charivari", Honoré Daumier (French, Marseilles 1808–1879 Valmondois), Lithograph; second state of two

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