Political Artwork

Happy Election Day! Here’s some political art circa 1830 to get you in the voting spirit.

Honoré Daumier, The past, the present, the future.

Honoré Daumier, Don’t You Meddle with It!!

Honoré Daumier, Rue Transnonain, le 15 April 1834.

Slightly morbid. A little bit cooky. These cartoons have just the right amount of satire to make for memorable political art. All of these images are from the caricaturist, Honoré Daumier. Here is an excerpt from the current exhibit, When Artists Attack the King: Honore Daumier and La Caricature, 1830-1835, showing at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

“Long before Iranian cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraiyeh was sentenced to 25 lashings for drawing a parliament member in a soccer jersey, 19th-century caricaturist Honoré Daumier and his colleagues at the weekly Paris journal La Caricature endured prison sentences, fines, and litigation for their scathing portraits of king Louis-Philippe I of France, who came to power after the Revolution of 1830.”

Some things never change!