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THE PEAR: FRENCH GRAPHIC ARTS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF CARICATURE. Elise K. Kenney and John M. Merriman. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, 1991. 124 pp. with 83 ills. 28 x 22 cm. LC 91-61988 In English.
Examining the flourishing of political caricature in France between the July Revolution of 1830 -- which restored freedom of the press and placed Louis Philippe on the French throne -- and the enactment of strict censorship laws in 1835, this catalogue reproduces 65 satirical lithographs by Charles Philipon, Honore Daumier, Auguste Bouquet, Jean Ignace Grandville and other artists whose scornful images of the rotund Citizen-king (often portrayed as a bulbous pear) were widely disseminated through such journals as La Caricature and Le Charivari. Features lengthy commentaries on most of the works as well as a substantial introductory essay and a five-part text tracing the tumultuous early history of the July Monarchy and examining the role of political satirists in undermining the government's credibility.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900 — Graphic Arts (Prints) — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 75
Worldwide Number: 054565
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