Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879) Inconvénient d'envoyer un mauvais tableau à l'exposition.... (The Disadvantage of Sending a Bad Painting to the Exhibition...), 1848 Lithograph Gift of Eugene L. Garbaty, 1954.120
Daumier frequently depicted with good-humored irony the trials and tribulations of the artist struggling for recognition. New talent was often frustrated by the old-fashioned and stifling aesthetic values of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, whose annual exhibition or salon was an artist’s primary means of being discovered. Even if a work passed muster with the salon’s jury, it would still face the tactless incomprehension of a bourgeois viewing public. Here an artist complains that his landscape painting—a genre considered inferior by the Royal Academy—has received a poor reception.
Inconvénient d'envoyer un mauvais tableau à l'exposition.—Ils ont écrit audessus de ma forêt ! - Epinards douze sous le mètre ! —Et moi donc, ma magnifique étude digne de Géri-cault, ils ont eu la barbarie d'y coller cette etiquette ! ceci est un cheval, ne pas le prendre pour un âne ce qui ferait confusion avec l'auteur !
The Disadvantage of Sending a Bad Painting to the Exhibition — They wrote above my forest! —Spinach, twelve cents a me-ter! —Well, what about me, my magnificent study, worthy of Géricault, they had the barbarity to stick this label on it! 'This is a horse, do not mistake it for an ass, in which case you might confuse it with the artist'!