">Name: Honore Daumier's caricature "Gargantua" censored by French government
Artist: Honore Daumier|
Confronting Bodies: The French government under king Louis-Philippe.
Date of Action: 1931, 1932, 1935
Specific Location: France
Description of Artwork: When Honore Daumier was 24 he was first censored for his caricature of the French king Louis-Philippe. This took place within the first years of the July Monarchy, and the king felt paranoid and insecure in his seat of power. In the caricature, entitled "Gargantua", the king is represented as a giant gourmand, a character taken from Francois Rabelais' series of stories, which were themselves censored by the Sorbonne. The fat king sits in front of the National Assembly on a large commode. A huge plank comes out of his mouth on which rewards travel down to the eager officials beneath. Standing around his small, cripples legs are tattered workers and starving mothers who drop coins into the baskets on ministers.
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