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Prints and Authors in the Time of Manet

Honoré Daumier
French, 1808–1879

The Legislative Belly (Le ventre législatif)

Lithograph, 1834
Frederick Frederick B. and Kate L. Shoemaker Fund, 1939.486

This is a devastating group portrait of the conservative corps of the highest legislative body in 1834 France, a group the subtitle of the print refers to as “improstituted.” Each caricature was based on an actual study Daumier made from the press gallery of the legislature.