Caricature: A Weapon of Mass Diffusion

19th December 2018

Caricature traces the outlines of history. First considered as a minor, scandalous and outrageous form of art, caricature loses its bad reputation and goes to become a popular tool adopted by the largest newspapers.

Coming Soon...

Synopsis What better tool than humorous drawing to check the pulse of a society? A weapon of massive diffusion, it is said to be understood by all and aims to diffuse ideals through humor, far-fetched metamorphoses, artifices and detours.   Through caricature, relive the great moments of History:

  • A representation of power since the Revolution
  • Social caricatures, often still relevant several centuries later
  • And religion, in all this? Blasphemy is never far away

Presentation Caricature traces the outlines of history. You can find  it at the corner of an alley, in the studio of a young artist, in pamphlets and leaflets given out covertly. First considered as a minor, scandalous and outrageous form of art, caricature loses its bad reputation and goes to become a popular tool adopted by the largest newspapers.   The French Revolution marks the beginning of a new period for caricature: freedom of expression has become a human right. If satire blossoms during periods of unrest and revolutions, it asserts itself in the nineteenth century. Faced with the rise of journalism, it imprints its mark in middle class imagination. Caricaturists display all their talents as portrait painters and are fiercely opposed to censorship. It evolves, uses artifices and detours, doodles and licked illustrations, incisions and lace, and passes its ideas through laughter to all strata of society.   Merciless, no one is safe from a far-fetched metamorphosis: the three orders of the society of the Ancien Régime, the fat and greedy little bourgeoisie, Cruel and ignorant God in all his majesty, the kings metamorphosed into porks or into pears … Nobody is safe from the sharp pencil of Daumier or André Gill! As a witness to the social, historical and technical evolution of France, caricature becomes above all a weapon of mass diffusion, comprehensible by all. It remains a timeless medium that we still find today in our favorite newspapers, proud heirs of the unique protest history of France.