Happy birthday to French satirical artist Honoré Daumier (26 February 1808–10 February 1879), the “Michelangelo of caricature,” proving above that everybody’s a critic (“Ah, well, looking at this tableau up close one ends up seeing its qualities; you see that the color’s good”).
Daumier had a keen eye for the man on the street:
But his fame derives greatly from his relentless satires of King Louis-Philippe, whom he represented with a pear-shaped head (stemming—so to speak—from this caricature by the great Charles Philipon):
Daumier did paint some self-portraits, but none do him justice as does this 1856 shot taken by the photographer Nadar:
You could say that Daumier returned the favor (“Nadar, elevating photography the height of art”):