An image of The past, the present, the future

Honoré Daumier

(France 26 Feb 1808 – 10 Feb 1879)

The past, the present, the future

Location
Not on display
Further information

The enduring image of King Louis-Philippe as a pear was invented by Charles Philipon but it was Daumier who employed it most brilliantly in many of his prints. The image alluded to the Citizen King’s jowly face and corpulent figure, and to the double meaning of the French word ‘poire’, signifying both ‘pear’ and ‘imbecile’. Here the expressions on a three-faced pear change from a smile to a malevolent scowl.

Year
1834
Media
Print
Medium
lithograph
Dimensions
33.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed l.l., [inscribed on stone] "H.D.[reversed]". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1988
Accession number
476.1988