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Daumier’s Paris: Caricature and Cultural Trauma in the Age of Haussmann

The Art Gallery at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York will exhibit a collection of Honoré Daumier's caricatures, related nineteenth-century news journals and books, lithographs, and stereocards bringing to the public more than 200 visual objects from nineteenth-century Paris. All prints and materials are from Jennifer Pride’s personal collection.

The Nineteenth-Century painter, sculptor, caricaturist and printmaker Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) was an astute commentator on Parisian life during that city's radical transformation by Georges-Eugène Haussmann (1809-1891). Beginning in 1854, this massive urban rebuilding project, now known as Haussmannization, demolished many of the small, unique streets and neighborhoods in Paris, replacing them with wide boulevards lined with unified, cream-colored architecture--features we now associate with the look and style of the French capital. The loss of old Paris, however, was for many a traumatic cultural experience. Curated by Jennifer Pride, a scholar of nineteenth-century art at Florida State University, this exhibition reveals how Daumier expressed this shared national trauma through his lithographs, many published in the satirical magazine Le Charivari.