UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire
Honoré Daumier III: Law, Medicine, and Social Satire
Exhibition dates: March 27-June 23, 2018
The exhibition is the third organized on the art of Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) for the UND Art Collections Gallery. Daumier was an important 19th-century French artist, who chronicled significant social and political issues through his satirical works.
Aside from making powerful politically charged images that reflected his pro-republican views, Daumier satirized lawyers, doctors, businessmen, professors, and lifestyles of the bourgeoisie—sometimes through the use of a popular fictional character, Robert Macaire (created in 1823 by French playwright Benjamin Antier for his melodrama L’Auberge des Adrets), who the artist depicted as a villain involved in numerous occupations. Although the inscriptions that accompany Daumier’s lithographs were not written by him, one might assume they generally conveyed the spirt of the artist’s intent behind his images.
Focused on the themes of law and medicine, the show features thirty-four original lithographs by the artist. Also, in concert with the Empire Arts Center’s support for art made in the region, two UND students were invited to exhibit paintings tied to the exhibition’s themes.
The University of North Dakota has a very impressive collection of original Daumier lithographs, now numbering over 1,600. Most of the prints in the Honoré Daumier III exhibition were selected from the University’s Lilly Jacobson Collection, which contains more than 1,400 original prints by the artist. The Daumier prints in this collection, which extend from 1832 to the early 1870s, were gifted to UND last year by Lilly Jacobson’s granddaughters, Denise Wior and Caryn Speizer.
About the Gallery
Extending art beyond our campus, the UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center features modern and contemporary work by nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as significant pieces from earlier periods in art history. The Gallery is also committed to exhibiting works by local artists, acknowledging the contribution of long-standing, influential members of the regional art community.
Educational programs invite the artists and highly respected scholars and curators to discuss each exhibition with the public.
For more information, contact the UND Department of Art & Design at 701.777.2257.
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