Le Supplice de Tantale (The Torment of Tantalus), plate 37 from the series Histoire Ancienne (Ancient History)

Honoré Victorin Daumier, French, 1808 - 1879

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1842

Lithograph on wove paper

Sur blanc impression

Image: 9 5/8 × 7 3/4 in. (24.4 × 19.7 cm)

Sheet: 13 1/8 × 10 3/8 in. (33.3 × 26.3 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund

PR.2000.39.2

Printer

Imprimerie d'Aubert & Cie, Paris

Publisher

Chez Bauger & Cie, Paris

Geography/Culture

Europe, France

Period

19th century

Object Name

Print

Classification

Print

Not on view

Inscription

Lettered, upper center: HISTORIE ANCIENNE.; lettered, upper right: 37.; initialled, on stone, lower left: h.D.; inscribed, on stone, lower right: 425; lettered, lower left margin: Chez Bauger R. du Croissant, 16.; lettere, lower right margin: Imp. d‘Aubert & C.ie [ie in superscript]; lettered, lower center: LE SUPLICE [sic] DE TANTALE. / Hélas! plus d‘un de nous en la verte jeunesse, / A vu devant son nez passer tous les plaisirs; / Sans pouvoir de ses dents qui s‘aiguisaient sans cesse: / Comme TANTALE en sa détresse, / Mordre à l‘objet de ses désirs. / Résignation par M. S.te [te in superscript] Beuve.; inscribed, in graphite, lower right: 1937/25E; reverse, inscribed, in graphite, lower left: n. 961 / 2937. Le Supplice de Tantale - 1842 [Translated text: TORMENT OF TANTALUS. Alas, none of us in vigorous youth has seen such pleasure before his nose Without being able to enjoy this meal alas! as Tantalus never will. (Resignation of Monsieur Sainte-Beuve)]

Course History

ARTH 41.03, European Art 1750-1850, Allan Doyle, Winter 2019

ITAL 10, Introduction to Italian Literature: Masterworks and Great Issues, Tania Convertini, Winter 2015

FREN 8, Exploring French Culture and Language, Annabelle Cone, Winter 2015

FREN 8, Exploring French Culture and Language, Annabelle Cone, Fall 2014

CLST 4, Classical Mythology, Pramit Chaudhuri, Summer 2014

FREN 8, Exploring French Culture and Language, Annabelle Cone, Spring 2014

ITAL 10, The Culture of Food in Italian Literature, 1300-2013, Tania Convertini, Winter 2014

FREN 8, Exploring French Culture and Language, Annabelle Cone, Winter 2014

ARTH 49, European Art in the Age of Revolution (1750-1850), Katie Hornstein, Fall 2013

Exhibition History

France in Transformation: The Caricature of Honore Daumier, Harrington Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 25-August 24, 2009.

Churchill P. Lathrop Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 26-May 19, 2002.

A Space for Dialogue 87, The Tortured Soul: Exploring the Excesses of Human Emotion, Laura Dorn, Class of 2015, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 11-May 24, 2015.

Published References

Honore Daumier Histoire Ancienne, May 1-June 15, 1975, Univ. of Southern California Fine Arts, p 47.

Provenance

C.G. Boerner, Inc., New York, New York; purchased by present collection, 2000.

Catalogue Raisonne

Hazard (1904): 1937; Delteil (1926): 961; Daumier Register: 961

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