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Honore Daumier
French Social Realist Painter, Lithographer, and Illustrator

Education - studied under Alexandre Lenoir in Paris, France

Cause of Death - heart failure, he was poor and suffered from a host of ailments including blindness.

Honoré Daumier was born at Marseilles in 1808. His father was a glazier and a struggling poet. .  In 1832 Daumier was condemned to six months’ imprisonment for a lithograph disrespectful to Louis-Philippe.  According to author Henry James. "Daumier became more and more the political spirit of the Charivari, or at least the political pencil, for M. Philipon, the breath of whose nostrils was opposition—one perceives from here the little bilious, bristling, ingenious, insistent man—is to be credited with a suggestive share in any enterprise in which he had a hand. This pencil played over public life, over the sovereign, the ministers, the deputies, the peers, the judiciary, the men and the measures, the reputations and scandals of the moment, with a strange, ugly, extravagant, but none the less sane and manly vigor. Daumier’s sign is strength above all, and in turning over his pages to-day there is no intensity of force that the careful observer will not concede to him. It is perhaps another matter to assent to the proposition, put forth by his greatest admirers among his countrymen, that he is the first of all caricaturists."

I care more about my pipe than about fame and honors
  Honoré Daumier

Photography imitates everything and expresses nothing.  
Honoré Daumier quote

Freedom and justice for all are infinitely more to be desired than pedestals for a few.  
Honoré Daumier quote

The burdens of a woman are more than the average man could ever endure. 
Honoré Daumier  quote


Famous Quotes About Art

A line is a dot that went for a walk.
 Paul Klee quote

A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not.
 Leonardo da Vinci  

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent Van Gogh

Creativity takes courage.  Henri Matisse

I shut my eyes in order to see.
 Paul Gauguin

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.  
Leonardo da Vinci quote

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.   Edgar Degas

Absinthe is the only decent drink that suits an artist.  
Paul Gauguin quote

Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment. Claude Monet

Art is either revolution or plagiarism.  
Paul Gauguin  quote

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  Michelangelo

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