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Daumier Formal Analysis

Daumier Formal Analysis - Leslie Suen Art History 260...

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Leslie Suen Art History 260: Modern Era Formal Analysis Enfonce La Fayette!...Attrappe, mon vieux! exemplifies Daumier’s style and mastery of the lithograph as well as in caricature in its broad contrasts and brush strokes. The composition and technique of the lithograph, printed in L’Association Mensuelle in in May 1834, communicates disparaging messages against the government of King Louis Philippe alongside overtones of sadness in the death of General Lafayette. Through the duality and symmetry of the composition of the painting and juxtapositions of different aesthetic themes, Daumier has proven his sharp wit by successfully conveying a message of harsh criticism and cynical satire. From the stark contrasts of black and white to use of curvy lines all combining in the comical portrayal of corruption and greed, the print with the title Lafayette’s done for…Take that old man! is entirely indicative of Daumier’s technique in caricature. The print is a lithograph published in the French publication L’Association Mensuelle in , known for its critiques of the ineptitudes of the French monarchy. The print is separated by two sections: the foreground is dominated by a seemingly grieving man of corpulent proportions, known to be King Louis Philippe of France, holding his hands together in what at first glance is though to be in prayer at a gravesite, and the background showing a long funeral procession of people with their backs turned and graveyard that dominates the middle section of the left side of the painting. The foreground is in emphasis with strong detail in the expression and shading in darkness particularly in the clothing and leaning cross on the side, while the background is offset in its grayish tones and ambiguity between scenery and people, portraying a sense of depth and distance to the
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print. There is an abundance of curving lines, from the concavity of the horizon to the roundedness of both the heavyset king and the gravesite ground. The darkness and
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