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Daumier (1808-1879): Visions of Paris

From 26/10/2013 to 26/01/2014

A staunch believer in the Republican cause, a freethinker and chronicler of everyday life in turbulent 19th century Paris, Honoré Daumier lived during a pivotal time in France’s history. 'Visions of Paris' sets out to explore his legacy through 130 works, many of which have never been seen in the UK before, with a concentration on paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures.

Broadly chronological, this exhibition is the first to go beyond Daumier’s lithographs in the UK since 1961. Spanning the decades from 1830 to 1879 it will look at the range of his output, from disturbing images of fugitives from the cholera epidemics and deeply felt images of the laundresses and street entertainers living in his neighbourhood to his take on the role of spectators and collectors in judging art. In its variety and breadth, this exhibition will give visitors visions of Paris to live long in the memory.

Honoré Daumier
Clown Playing a Drum, c. 1865-7
Pen and black and grey ink, grey wash, watercolour, touches of gouache
35.4 x 25.6 cm
The British Museum, London
Photo © The Trustees of the British Museum

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