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Les Gens de Justice
Honore Daumier (French, February 26 1806 – February 10 1879)
circa 1870
Sheet : 12 1/4 x 16 in. (31.12 x 40.64 cm)
Plate : 9 x 11 3/4 in. (22.86 x 29.85 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Daumier’s preoccupation with satirizing the authority figures of his time is exemplified by this portrayal of Simon Edme Paul Jacquinot-Godard, the magistrate and president of the Court for the Seine. Responsible for many lawsuits against Le Charivari, the main newspaper to which Daumier published his prints, Godard is shown in the process of rendering a verdict. Sporting the traditional garb of a French magistrate, Godard’s arms rest on a podium as he reads intensely from a piece of paper. Exaggerated by Daumier, his facial features reveal a harsh, angry, and bitter magistrate, caught in mid-sentence. Jacquinot Godard is part of the series, Les gens de justice (The People of Justice). The series, originally published in Le Charivari between 1845 and1848, comically highlights and satirizes the legal profession in general and French lawyers in particular. While this is not one of Daumier’s most famous works, Jacquinot Godard illustrates the visual impact of Daumier’s impressive oeuvre, which includes more than four thousand lithographs. [Emily Lindbloom 2020]

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