Introduction by Jean Lacouture.
If Honoré Daumier – the French engraver, caricaturist, painter and sculptor (1808-1879) – still speaks to us so clearly, with a voice that rises from Les Misérables rather than La Comédie humaine, with pounding heart and sovereign hand, and laughter mixed with tears, it is because of all the citizens of his century, he would seem to be the one most in tune with our own. Intrepid to the point of insolence when standing up to power, he showed solidarity with all forms of suffering. With a passion for justice and compassion for the downtrodden, Daumier doesn’t snigger or sneer, but rather laughs and protests, showing solidarity... Often remembered for his political caricatures alone, Honoré Daumier amply deserves recognition for the rest of his work – which displays tremendous diversity both in style and subject matter – as well. This book offers a panorama of an endlessly fascinating body of work including humor, social commentary, satire and histoire.