Daumier and Exoticism: Satirizing the French and the Foreign (Hermeneutics of Art Series)

Daumier and Exoticism: Satirizing the French and the Foreign (Hermeneutics of Art Series)

by Elizabeth C. Childs
     
 

Best known as a satirist of Parisian politics and daily life, Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) was a prolific caricaturist. This book is the first to examine the role of exoticism in his art, and to offer a detailed history of the journal Le Charivari in which the lithographs appeared. These satires of China, Haiti, the United States, Africa, and the Middle

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Best known as a satirist of Parisian politics and daily life, Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) was a prolific caricaturist. This book is the first to examine the role of exoticism in his art, and to offer a detailed history of the journal Le Charivari in which the lithographs appeared. These satires of China, Haiti, the United States, Africa, and the Middle East not only target the theater of international politics, but also draw on a broad range of physical stereotypes supported by contemporary ideas about race and cultural difference. In an art of comic inversion, Daumier used the exotic to expose the foibles and pretensions of the Parisian bourgeoisie. A pacifist and a Republican, Daumier also satirized the non-European world in order to covertly attack the imperialism of Napoléon III in an age of press censorship. Idealistic as well as pragmatic, he used humor to stage political critique as well as to envision a more unified and compassionate world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820469454
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
Hermeneutics of Art Series
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Deadlines, bylines, and fine lines : publishing caricatures in Le Charivari15
Ch. 2Physiognomy, racism and stereotypes : caricature about difference59
Ch. 3Les Etrangers a Paris and the satiric mechanism of the foreigner81
Ch. 4Les Sauvages and civilization99
Ch. 5La Vue Chinoise127
Ch. 6Eastern questions and orientalism : North Africa and the Middle East in caricature159
Daumier works in Catalogues Raisonnes209

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