(b. 1808, Marseille, d. 1879, Valmondois)

Guizot or the Bore

Painted clay, height 22 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

The busts of the Parliamentarians was commissioned in 1832 by Charles Philipon, the director of La Caricature, and executed during actual sittings of the Chambre des Députés. These busts mark a total break with the tradition of the neoclassical portrait.Helped by acute powers of observation and a remarkably expressive talent as a draughtsman and modeller, Daumier tried to reveal the deep truth of his models through an uncompromising image enhanced by exaggeration and polychromy..

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