Honoré Daumier traveled to China numerous times in his career—at least figuratively. Among his lithographs on the subject of China are two series Voyage en Chine [Voyage in China] (1843-45) and En Chine [In China] (1858-60). In these images, Daumier played with familiar nineteenth-century visual stereotypes that the French held about the Chinese and their culture. At the same time, many of the activities satirized by Daumier are typically French. Thus, in many respects, these prints convey more about nineteenth-century France than about China. This exhibition will explore Daumier’s particular view of “East Meets West” through a selection of works from the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection.
Organized by Carolyn Peter, assistant curator.