I just wanted to tell everyone about the current exhibition on Honore Daumier at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, which I was lucky enough to see recently.
It has the Gargantua and Rue Transnonain cartoons, as well as one of July Monarchy politicians washing
the tricolor's colors out, one of women protesting in 1848 in favor the right to divorce, and several from the late Second Empire period, mostly dealing with the international situation (eg mocking the idea that "L'empire, c'est la paix
."). One (of the Grim Reaper on a train) had the censor's markings on it, rejecting two proposed captions. Many warned of the precarious international situation, eg one showed Diplomacy as an old woman
trying and failing to pose as the Colossus of Rhodes between Italy and Turkey, another showed Europe
as suspended on a single bayonet for balance. There was also a great cartoon of the first aerial photograph, with the punning caption "Nadar elevates photography to the height of art."
It also had some of his paintings- other than the late ones I didn't much like them, but they were interesting for his obsession with Don Quixote.
I also learned from the exhibit about his involvement in the Commune as a delegate on culture (I think that was it?) and objections to getting rid of the Vendome Column.
Zola's novel of the Franco-Prussian war and the Commune, The Debacle, was in the gift shop, but I couldn't justify buying it. First time I've seen it on sale, though.
Anyway, if you are in or near London soon, check this out- it ends 26th January.
Here day embraces night, and says: I will die with you and you will be reborn with me. From the heavy embrace of all desolations springs faith.
The real name of devotion is disinterestedness.