(France 26 Feb 1808 – 10 Feb 1879)
The past, the present, the future
- 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.
- 33.0 x 26.0 cm
- Signature & date
Signed l.l., [inscribed on stone] "H.D.[reversed]". Not dated.
- Purchased 1988
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