The exhibit, featuring 32 lithographs by Daumier at the
"Daumier's work represents the 19th century, but many of the concepts relate to the present and to people in
This is the first time an exhibit of Daumier's work has been shown in
"It's almost a little slice of a museum in a metro area," he said. "We don't have a lot of space, but we can do a lot in a little space."
The Daumier exhibit "is something that you'd have to go to
The lithographs were chosen from the 180 Daumier prints that Jones purchased in the past year, he said.
For this exhibit, they have been organized into categories, or themes, such as: political commentary; the art world; law and justice; classicism and realism; women and society; leisure and the bourgeoisie.
During his prolific career, Daumier created more than 4,000 lithographs, 550 paintings and 100 sculptures, Jones said.
He began working in lithography in 1822 just 25 years after the printing method had been discovered.
Daumier, whose illustrations appeared in two radical newspapers in
Through those published images, Daumier reached "a more general audience," he said, "not just the wealthy, who could afford to buy art to hang in their homes."
His lithographs present "highly charged political messages from the period," said
"Anyone who could read a newspaper could access these cartoons."
Because literacy rates were low in mid-19th century
"These are images we still do today," Mosher said, "like you would see in The New Yorker (magazine) or graphic novels."
Daumier was opposed to the monarchy, Jones said. "During his life, he saw the pendulum swing between republican forms of government and constitutional monarchy.
"He had leanings toward the regular people," he said. "He was a strong advocate for freedom of the press."
After European powers defeated Napoleon, they wanted the monarchy restored, Jones said.
Daumier's images often ridiculed the politically powerful, he said. "He put his own freedom on the line."
One of his cartoons, published in
After new censorship laws -- which threatened harsher penalties for noncompliance -- were passed in 1835, Daumier's caricatures tended to be less political and more aimed at social issues, such as satirical commentaries on lifestyles of the bourgeoisie, Jones said.
"Bourgeoisie," generally considered a negative term, Mosher said, refers to people who aspired to higher social class and indulged in the leisurely activities that wealth afforded them the time to do -- hunting, dining out and viewing art.
"Today, we'd call them 'posers' or 'wannabes.'"
While the art reveals Daumier as a "political progressive" for the most part, Jones said, his views on some issues, especially concerning women's rights and politically active behavior, for example, "reflected the typical views of his time."
"He was against women getting involved in any activity outside the home," he said.
Although, if the artist were alive today, he would probably be more supportive of women's rights, Jones said.
In preparing the lithographs for exhibit, Jones collaborated with Mosher and other UND faculty members,
Those involved are "full partners" in the project, Jones said. "Without collaboration, we couldn't do this."
Art and design faculty member
The exhibit has been "very popular," Burkland said. "It has brought in different people who usually don't come to galleries," including high school art and French students.
"It's been a huge draw," she said. "People are interested in French culture and history."
The exhibit "is attracting much more interest from high school students than any show we've had in the past," Jones said.
"We wanted to make this exhibit as 'public-friendly' as possible," he said.
Jones purchased the Daumier lithographs through two art dealers in
The Daumier exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Jonientz, associate professor of art and design at UND, who at age 46 died unexpectedly of a heart attack three days before the
The opening date was chosen because on
The exhibit closes
A second presentation of Daumier lithographs is planned for display at the
If you go:
-- What: UND Art Collections at the Empire: Selected Works by Honore' Daumier (1808-1879)
-- When: Exhibit runs through
-- Cost: Free.
-- For info: (701) 746-5500.
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