Daumier and Exoticism

Daumier and Exoticism

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Best known as a satirist of Parisian politics and daily life, Honore 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 qLe Charivariq 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 Napoleon 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.qThe four-page format of the journal fell into the following categories: page one usually consisted of a political essay by one of the editors. Page two often reported more daily activities a€” reports of the theatre or opera; tongue- in-cheek literaryanbsp;...

Title:Daumier and Exoticism
Author:Elizabeth C. Childs
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2004


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