April 12–May 31
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Pears, Pastimes, and People: Caricatures by Daumier and His Contemporaries

Curated by Patricia Mainardi, Christina Lau, and the students of Professor Mainardi ’s New York University Romanticism seminar

La Maison Française of New York University is pleased to present “Pears, Pastimes, and People: Caricatures by Daumier and His Contemporaries,” a survey of French lithographic production in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. The twenty-six prints exhibited, many of them hand-colored, explore a range of themes ranging from political caricature to the popular practice of satirizing social “types,” including the revolutionary war imposter and the avaricious, heartless landlord.

The production of cheap and plentiful prints was made possible by the invention of lithography around 1800. The periodicals La Silhouette (1829-1830), La Caricature (1830-1835), and Le Charivari (1832-1937), founded by artist, writer, and entrepreneur Charles Philipon, exploited its potential for social and political commentary, despite varying degrees of censorship imposed by the reigns of King Charles X (1824-1830) and King Louis-Philippe (1830-1848). The ebb and flow of political material thus provides an analogue to the relative political suppression of the day.

Catalogue available for free download at www.magcloud.com

Anonymous, Le Replâtrage (Dupinade); also known as Le Maçon [Replastering (Dupinade); also known as The Mason]. 1830, hand-colored lithograph, 13 x 10 1/4"


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