Satire and Society: Honoré Daumier and French LithographyFriday February 8, 2008 - Thursday March 6, 2008
During a career spanning six decades, from the 1820s to the 1870s, Honoré Daumier caricatured all levels of French society. As part of a Wesleyan University seminar, students explored Daumier's work and context to prepare this exhibition. The themes included political caricatures of the Citizen-King, Louis-Philippe; representations of women; artists and the French Salon; and the new bourgeois leisure activities. Students also traced the development of the new technique of lithography by Daumier's contemporaries, including Théodore Gericault, Eugène Isabey and Eugène Delacroix.