Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879) Monsieur Colimard si vous continuez à lorgner les danseuses... (Mr. Colimard, if you continue to ogle the dancers...), 1864 Lithograph General Acquisitions Fund, 1935.75
Daumier produced more than 200 prints dealing with the theater. He was as interested in the spectators in their boxes as he was in the actors on stage. He alternated sitting in the audience, on the stage, in the wings, or in the pit, experi-menting with different compositions and points of view. Degas was a great collector of Daumier’s prints and drew inspiration from them for his own work on the theater.
—Monsieur Colimard si vous continuez à lorgner les danseuses d'une façon aussi inconvenante je vous ramène à la maison avant la fin du spectacle.
—Mr. Colimard, if you continue to ogle the dancers in such an unseemly manner, I will take you back home before the end of the performance.