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  • Provenance

    Ruth Benedict (curator, National Gallery, Washington DC); James H. Lockhart; Dieter Noack (N inkstamp on reverse)

  • Literature

    Loys Delteil 135; Daumier Register 135

  • Catalogue Essay

    A defender of the working class, Daumier often employed political commentary in his graphic works. Dissatisfied with the social and political state of affairs under King Louis Phillipe’s regime, Daumier set out to illustrate the terrible aftermath of a civilian massacre that occurred on April 14th 1834 by the French National Guard. Rue Transnonain stands as one of Daumier’s most politically important lithographs. The work was published in Charles Philipon’s sub-publication LÕAssociation mensuelle which sought to promote the freedom of the press. The King ordered the destruction of all circulating prints immediately after its publication.
    The street ‘Rue Transnonain’ was originally named after an old village in Beau-Bourg dating back to the 11th century. After that, the street name was changed several times: at first it was called Rue de Beaubourg, then Rue de Châlons or Rue de Chalon, then Rue Trousse Nonnain, Rue Trace put, Rue Tasse Nonnain, and finally Rue Transnonain. Today, the Rue Transnonain does not exist anymore. It has been torn down during the reconstruction of the streets of Paris by Haussmann.
    Daumier saw people as they normally appeared their faces vague, impersonal, blank and unprepared for any observer. He tried to achieve the real by isolating a random collection of the unrehearsed details of human existence from the continuum of ordinary life, a vision that paralleled the spontaneity and candor of scenes being captured by the end of the century with the modern snapshot camera. Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner, Art Through the Ages, p. 966

63

Rue Transnonain

1834
Lithograph, on wove paper, with full margins,
I. 11 3/8 x 17 1/2 in. (28.9 x 44.5 cm);
S. 14 3/8 x 21 in. (36.5 x 53.3 cm)

the only state, a rich impression, minor soiling, pale staining and creasing in the margins, two flattened creases at lower left and upper right margin corners, a few short tears at the lower sheet edge (one repaired), otherwise in good condition, unframed.

Estimate
$35,000 - 45,000 

Evening Editions

21 April 2011
New York