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"Oh! It is as if we were there: the tall one opens her corset and the little one is looking for a flea!," plate 27 from Types Parisiens

A work made of lithograph in black on white wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on white wove paper.

Date:

1840

Artist:

Honoré Victorin Daumier
French, 1808-1879

About this artwork

Honoré Daumier’s comic voyeurs go to great lengths to spy on their female neighbors, even resorting to a telescope. While the viewer sees the observers rather than the unaware, disrobing women, the excited narration fills in details about the vermin-ridden objects of their desires. Women’s undergarments would become increasingly showy by the 1870s, with bold colors adopted by courtesans and prostitutes. As Eugène Chapus noted in his 1862 work Manuel de l’homme et de la femme comme il faut (Manual of the Elegant Man and Woman), “A woman in a corset is a lie, a falsehood, a fiction, but for us this fiction is better than the reality.”

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Artist

Honoré-Victorin Daumier

Title

"Oh! It is as if we were there: the tall one opens her corset and the little one is looking for a flea!," plate 27 from Types Parisiens

Origin

France

Date

1840

Medium

Lithograph in black on white wove paper

Dimensions

190 × 242 mm (image); 246 × 356 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Hannan Fund

Reference Number

1935.41

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