LE MARI (lisant):" nous étions mollement étendus sur la mousse odorante, les rayons de la lune perçaient les branches du Saule agité par la Brise du soir. Enivrés d'amour nous lançions au Ciel des Sermens qui retombaient dans nos coeurs." LA FEMME (à part) : Peut-on lire ces choses avec un bonnet de coton, et une boule comme la sienne!…..

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dc.contributor Donated by: Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman, 1959.
dc.creator Daumier, Honoré, 1808-1879
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-08T21:27:11Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-08T21:27:11Z
dc.date.issued 1839
dc.identifier.other LD634
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/4552
dc.description 2nd state.
dc.description Published in: Le Charivari, October 29, 1839.
dc.description.abstract The print is a beautiful example of Daumier’s ability to “play” with light effects (chiaroscuro). The scene is illuminated by just one candle, throwing shadows at the wall and depicting a very intimate atmosphere of a matrimonial relationship. As so often shown in English and French caricature, we see an elderly husband married to a younger wife. He is trying hard to get some romanticism into their marriage by reading a sentimental text to his pretty wife. His nose and night cap as well as his tired looking face and reclined figure are the perfect “counterpoint” to his young wife, who quietly laughs at his efforts. Still, with this one candle illuminating the bedroom with warm light, the scene is full of tenderness and privacy. These prints should also bee seen in conjunction with Balzac's "Human Comedy" which was published during the same period and paralleled the emotions depicted in Daumier's drawings. When this series was published, Daumier had not yet been married to Alexandrine Dassy, who was to become his wife. She nevertheless appears several times in this series as a tender wife. The relationship between husband and wife in Paris at this period was not relaxed. The women’s lib movements were starting to appear while at the same time the men were still fixed on the traditional thinking of the past. Therefore, the little quarrels and discussions shown by Daumier in this series were well known scenes to the population, but mostly as seen in the neighbor’s marriage. Delteil mentioned that in the January edition of the Charivari the following information about this series was published: "The Parisian families found an untiring adversary in Daumier's crayon. He showed the little daily misfortunes and miseries and retraced them with comic truth. It is this unmerciful frankness which qualifies our artist. Oh, those of you who are contemplating of giving up their life of a bachelor, this album will console you and will make he whole world, also the married one, smile.” Soon after, the “Femmes Socialistes” and the “Bas Bleus” will appear, setting an end to the male superiority and advocating equality between man and woman.
dc.format.extent 36.5 x 26 cm
dc.format.extent b&w
dc.format.extent 1 lithograph
dc.format.mimetype image/jpeg
dc.publisher Paris, 1839
dc.relation.ispartof Moeurs conjugales; 11
dc.relation.isreferencedby Delteil. Daumier, 634
dc.rights Copyright restrictions may apply. For permission to copy or use this image, contact the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University Libraries.
dc.subject Bedrooms
dc.subject Marriage
dc.subject Reading
dc.subject.lcsh France -- History -- Louis-Philip, 1830-1848
dc.subject.lcsh Married life
dc.title LE MARI (lisant):" nous étions mollement étendus sur la mousse odorante, les rayons de la lune perçaient les branches du Saule agité par la Brise du soir. Enivrés d'amour nous lançions au Ciel des Sermens qui retombaient dans nos coeurs." LA FEMME (à part) : Peut-on lire ces choses avec un bonnet de coton, et une boule comme la sienne!…..
dc.title.alternative Charivari
dc.title.alternative THE HUSBAND (reading) :" We were laying indolently on the fragrant moss, while the moon beams flickered through the branches of a willow stirred by the evening breeze. Intoxicated with love we cried to heaven the longings we felt in our hearts." THE WIFE (aside) :Can he read such things wearing a night bonnet and a face like this.
dc.type still image
dc.rights.license The following credit line must be included with each item used: Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman Collection of Honoré Daumier Lithographs, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.
mods.name.donor Trustman, Benjamin A.
mods.name.donor Trustman, Julia M.
mods.note.acquisition Donated by: Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman, 1959.
mods.name.lithographer Daumier, Honoré
mods.date.keydate 1839
mods.note 2nd state.
mods.note Published in: Le Charivari, October 29, 1839.


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