Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
During the 1800s, technological innovations and an expanded market for prints made possible the regular and rapid production of works depicting very recent events. In France, artists including Honoré Daumier created illustrations in journals and newspapers that satirized political figures, while others like provided eyewitness accounts of both mundane and major aspects of the era’s many conflicts, as in Auguste Lançon’s etchings of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). This exhibition features a selection of nineteenth-century French prints that demonstrate the artist’s role as reporter, advocate, and critic in their depiction of current events.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.