Satire and Society: Honoré Daumier and French Lithography

Friday February 8, 2008 - Thursday March 6, 2008
Satire and Society: Honoré Daumier and French Lithography

Honoré Daumier (French, 1808-1879), An Understandable Error, 1857, lithograph. Gift of Juwil C. and Virgil W. Topazio, 1984.29.50.3 (photo: R. J. Phil)

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.


Opening reception
Thursday 7 February, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Gallery talk by student curators at 5:30 p.m.

Demonstration of lithographic printing by David Schorr, Professor of Art
CFA Printshop
Tuesday 12 February, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Reception followed at the Davison Art Center, 8:00-9:00 p.m.