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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 film.

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.

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