"Chaud! Chaud!..." - Plate 38 from the Robert Macaire "Caricaturana" series. by Honore Daumier

Chaud! Chaud!... - Plate 38 from the Robert Macaire Caricaturana series. by Honore Daumier

"Chaud! Chaud!..." - Plate 38 from the Robert Macaire "Caricaturana" series.

Honore Daumier

Title

"Chaud! Chaud!..." - Plate 38 from the Robert Macaire "Caricaturana" series.

 
Artist

Honore Daumier

  1808 - 1897 (biography)
Year
1837 /38 
Technique
hand colored lithograph "sur blanc" 
Image Size
10 x 9 5/16" image size 
Signature
initials engraved below plate, lower left 
Edition Size
 
Annotations
text in French below image; printer information engraved below plate 
Reference
D 392; Pawlak 158 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
from the second state (with text) 
Publisher
Le Charivari, March 30, 1837 
Inventory ID
17674 
Price
$400.00 
Description

The charlatan character "Robert Macaire" was based on the melodrama "L'Auberge des Adrets" and was adapted to print by Charivari publisher Philipon. Daumier did a series of prints based on his exploits.

A book 'Physiologie du Robert-Macaire' (1842) written by Pierre-Joseph Rousseau (1797–1849) and illustrated by Honoré Daumier, identified Macaire with a variety of contemporary social types, all involved in "shady schemes for instant wealth", and especially Émile de Girardin (1806-1881), a businessman who promoted his financial adventures through his own newspaper, La Presse.

"Caricaturana" is a series of 100 lithographs, accompanying various texts by Charles Philipon and published by Philipon's brother-in-law Gabriel Aubert, that appeared in the publication "Charivari" between August, 1836 and November, 1838.

The caption of this print reads translates roughly from the French to: "Hot stuff! Hot stuff! Must bolster our sales, Bertrand, must beat the big drum, make a display, draw the attention of the mug. It's hot! It's hot! Attack ourselves in the papers, write, reply to ourselves, retort, insult ourselves and above all advertise ourselves... --You believe the public hasn't the key to such bunkum? --Forget that, it's like our locks, everybody has the key except the public."