Drawing well is the best revenge, or so it was for Daumier and his cohorts at the Parisian journal “La Caricature,” who were fined and imprisoned for their satiric portraits of tyrannical King Louis-Philippe I of France. In some of the 50 prints here, the king is portrayed as a bulbous pear.
|Date||Aug. 1–Nov. 11|
|Location||Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University|
|Event Description||When Artists Attack the King: Honoré Daumier and La Caricature, 1830–1835. As press coverage of the 2012 American presidential election heats up, this exhibition explores the art that ignited a 19th-century battle over politics and freedom of the press. The weekly Paris journal La Caricature published hundreds of lithographs by Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) and other artists that thoroughly ridiculed Louis-Philippe's reign. See how, in the approximately 50 prints on view, La Caricature used social satire, visual puns, and physical caricature to mock the king's ministers, their censorship of the press and his physical appearance.|
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