screen:: photographed 10/15/2020
screen:: photographed 10/15/2020

Le Procureur General Plougoulm

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Les Gens de Justice
Honore Daumier (French, February 26 1806 – February 10 1879)
circa 1870
Plate : 11 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (29.21 x 22.23 cm)
Sheet : 15 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (38.74 x 31.75 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Here Daumier demonstrates his talent for transforming public figures into caricatures of decadence. Pierre-Ambroise Plougoulm appears as a cruel and conceited character, as shown by his hard- edged, disdainful expression. Daumier elongates Ploughoulm's ears, bringing them to a subtle point, and accentuates the curve of the nose to highlight its sinister hook. Daumier draws the eyes squinty and small; the eyebrows are knit together in a bitter manner. The satirist leaves Plougoulm's mouth open and the sides pursed. These facial features make Plougoulm appear hostile and rat-like, despite his regal magistrate’s attire. The contrast between his attire and his facial features was undoubtedly intended by Daumier to ridicule Plougoulm and to make viewers think about various scandals associated with legal corruption in 19th century France. [Emily Lindbloom 2020]

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