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The Pear

French Graphic Arts in the Golden Age of Caricature

Elise K. Kenney and John M. Merriman
Paperback, 118 pages


Honore Daumier, Mr. Montaugibet, en patissier-gâte-sauce
Photo Credit: 

Laura Shea

This catalogue was published in conjunction with an exhibition that focused on anti-monarchist satirical prints by the greatest French caricaturists of the early 19th century.  The 65 images illustrated share as their common motif Louis Philippe, the “citizen-king” of France, satirized as a pear. Essays explore the compositional and stylistic invention of the pear series, as well as its impact on politics and censorship during the July monarchy.