Daumier: Art for the Masses

Birmingham Museum of Art

Daumier: Art for the Masses

Published 2011 by Patrick M. Rowe and The Birmingham Museum of Art.

Jean-Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) was one of nineteenth-century France’s most popular and influential artists. Although he was a painter and sculptor, he was also a prominent printmaker. Daumier produced over four thousand lithographs, many of which were satires depicting the lighter aspects of French politics, society, and culture. Daumier made these works for illustrations in popular daily newspapers, thus providing art that could be viewed and enjoyed by all. For the 21st-century viewer, these prints bring to life the quotidian quirks of 19th-century Parisians. The poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire referred to Daumier as “one of the most important men… [not] only of caricature, but also of modern art.” 

Exhibition date 2011-2012.

Softcover, 64 pages, B&W, 8.5"x11" format.