Daumier's "La Malade Imaginaire"

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Title

Daumier's "La Malade Imaginaire"

Subject

Caricature of a 19th century Hypochondriac imagining his death by French caricaturist Honoré Daumier.

Description

The rise of sentimentalism brought a new emphasis on emotion and non-rationalism into the philosophical zeitgeist, which led to often striking displays of emotion. This movement soon led to the characterization of those mentally affected people whose abilities seemed to defy both positive conventions of rational thought and positive conventions of "impulsive" thought. These people were distinguished by sex; men were labeled hypochondriacs, and women hysterics. In this lithograph by Daumier, a caricatured sedentary hypochondriac, suffering from "the imaginary malady," is consumed by his own misery and imagination of his death.

Creator

Honoré Daumier

Source

Wellcome Collection

Date

1833

Relation

Hume's A Treatise of Human Nature

Format

Digitized lithograph

Language

French

Type

Caricature intended for publication

Coverage

19th century, France, Sentimentalism, the Enlightenment

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Daumier Hypochondriac.jpg

Citation

HonorĂ© Daumier, “Daumier's "La Malade Imaginaire",” Enlightenmens, accessed November 29, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/239.

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