UN INTÉRIEUR PARISIEN. Monsieur fait le ménage; Madame songe à le défaire.

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dc.contributor Donated by: Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman, 1959.
dc.creator Daumier, Honoré, 1808-1879
dc.date.accessioned 2007-06-08T21:28:36Z
dc.date.available 2007-06-08T21:28:36Z
dc.date.issued 1842
dc.identifier.other LD678
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/4600
dc.description 3rd state.
dc.description Published in: La Caricature, May 15, 1842.
dc.description.abstract A man is cleaning the flat while his wife is reading in bed. There is a play on words in the caption of this print. Ménage means household and marriage. Thus "défaire le ménage" can be translated: creating disorder in the household, or dissolving the marriage. The low chair on this print was typical for this period. It was used for lacing the boots. 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 33.5 x 24 cm
dc.format.extent b&w
dc.format.extent 1 lithograph
dc.format.mimetype image/jpeg
dc.publisher Paris, 1842
dc.relation.ispartof Moeurs conjugales; 55
dc.relation.isreferencedby Delteil. Daumier, 678.
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 Flats (apartments)
dc.subject Marriage
dc.subject.lcsh France -- History -- Louis-Philip, 1830-1848
dc.subject.lcsh Married life
dc.title UN INTÉRIEUR PARISIEN. Monsieur fait le ménage; Madame songe à le défaire.
dc.title.alternative A PARISIAN APARTMENT INTERIOR. Mister is doing housework; Madame is thinking about dissolving the marriage.
dc.title.alternative Caricature
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 1842
mods.note 3rd state.
mods.note Published in: La Caricature, May 15, 1842.

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