The Witnesses - The War Council

Artist: Honoré Daumier (French, Marseilles 1808–1879 Valmondois)

Date: 1872

Medium: Lithograph on tan 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


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.