Laugh Lines Caricaturing Painting in Nineteenth-Century France

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Publisher's Synopsis

Laugh Lines: Caricaturing Painting in Nineteenth-Century France is the first major study of Salon caricature, a kind of graphic art criticism in which press artists drew comic versions of contemporary painting and sculpture for publication in widely consumed journals and albums. Salon caricature began with a few tentative lithographs in the 1840s and within a few decades, no Parisian exhibition could open without appearing in warped, incisive, and hilarious miniature in the pages of the illustrated press. This broad survey of Salon caricature examines little-known graphic artists and unpublished amateurs alongside major figures like Édouard Manet, puts anonymous jokesters in dialogue with the essays of Baudelaire, and holds up the material qualities of a 10-centime album to the most ambitious painting of the 19th century. This archival study unearths colorful caricatures that have not been reproduced until now, drawing back the curtain on a robust culture of comedy around fine art and its reception in nineteenth-century France.

Book information

ISBN: 9781350186859
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Pub date:
DEWEY: 741.594409034
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiii, 245 , 32 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 760g
Height: 162mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 23mm