WRITER: LAUREL SNYDER
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Release: September 3, 1999
Exhibition of works by Honore Daumier will open at
UI Museum of Art Sept.11
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of
Art will present an exhibition of 24 lithographs by the French caricaturist
Honore Daumier Sept. 11 through Oct. 31. The exhibition, "Honore Daumier:
Chronicler of His Time," will be shown in the Focus 1 Gallery of the museum.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the film "Daumier:
One Must Be of One's Time" will be shown at the museum at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 29 as part of the museum's weekly Perspectives program. UI graduate
student and museum education assistant Stephanie Rieke will introduce the
Daumier is considered to have been one of the most
prolific and popular caricaturists of his time. His career spanned much of
the century's political and cultural vicissitudes, beginning in 1830, the
year of Louis-Philippe's ascension to the French throne as the "Citizen King."
He published in the satirical periodicals of his day, including La Caricature
and Le Charivari, mocking many aspects of French society.
Daumier produced more than 6,000 works of art in his
lifetime. Not only a lithographer, he was also an accomplished sculptor and
painter. Although he had a rudimentary formal artistic training, much of his
technique was learned by copying works on his own in the Louvre.
A member of the lower middle class, Daumier created
lithographs that reflected his decidedly left-wing politics, bringing him
into conflict with the legal powers of the establishment. In 1832, he was
imprisoned for six months as a result of his lithographs. However, while he
scorned the bourgeoisie's cult of greed, his representation of the middle
class was humane, if satirical.
This exhibition is a broad selection of 24 lithographs
from the museum's permanent collection. Many of the prints have never before
been shown in the galleries.
The exhibition has been organized in conjunction with
"Paul Conrad: Drawing the Line," an exhibition of political cartoons by UI
alumnus and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Conrad. Presenting political
cartoons from two very different contexts, the two exhibitions will provide
viewers with meaningful reference points for stylistic comparisons.
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive
in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum
on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.
For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus
on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at