This Wednesday, Stanford University’s Cantor Center for the Arts presents an exhibition, where the featured works contains political satire.
The exhibition, When Artists Attack the King: Honore Daumier and La Caricature, 1830-1835, will consist of works, in which they were entirely drawn from the museum’s collection. They will include provocative prints, that represented King Louis-Philippe I of France as a bulbous pear (or as a “la poire”), thus lampooning the July Monarchy. Almost everything that it was known for, from their censorship of the press to the roles of inequalities of French society, does not go unnoticed in these works, and needless to say, it did caused a quite bit of controversy, given that Daumier (along with colleagues at the Parisian journal La Caricature were imprisoned for their drawings.
But now, the work of Honore Daumier is now recognized for its wit and technical skill, as well as its pioneering humor, cutting through the heart of controversial issues, and it can now be seen in this exhibition. And there will be another feature, as issues from La Caricature and lithographs published for the monthly print L’ Association Mensuelle will be included along with the works already featured.
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