Robert Macaire

Robert Macaire

Selected from the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection

Robert Macaire: A Chameleon and a Critic celebrates Honoré Daumier's most popular fictional character, Robert Macaire, a smooth talking, plump-bellied, pseudo-stylish conman who appeared in over 140 of Daumier's caricatures in the 1830s and '40s. Considered to be a precursor to the modern-day comic strip, each new scenario presents Macaire and his sidekick Bertrand taking on a different role in order to confuse their victims, to criticize French society, and to amuse the reader.