Best kwn as a satirist of Parisian politics and daily life, Hore 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 t 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 n-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.
The Author: Elizabeth C. Childs is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she has taught since 1993. She has published several articles on Daumier and has also edited two books on the artist: Honore Daumier: A Thematic Guide to the OEuvre and (with Kirsten Hoving) Femmes d'esprit: Women in Daumier's Caricature. She has also edited Suspended License: Censorship and the Visual Arts and has published widely on primitivism and exoticism in modern art.