What better tool than a caricature or a print to take the pulse of society? Illustrations of press, satirical drawing or caricature, experienced an unprecedented boom in the 19th century. While the press is becoming more and more accessible thanks to the industrialization of printing, graphic satire takes his flight to divert, through humor, current affairs, society and ideas.
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In that respect, Bertrand Tillier, author of several university books and participant to the exhibition, writes: “the cartoonish image strives to go beyond the bounds of the plausible and morals and relentlessly cross the boundaries of the acceptable and the ridiculous. This is its productive part, and that is why it is as much an image as an act. ”
This exhibition was produced in partnership with RetroNews website, a, incredibly rich platform, bringing together press archives. We warmly thank the BNF and Gallica for their support, which was essential to the building of this exhibition. UMA would also like to address its gratitude to Mr. Bertrand Tillier, professor of history at Sorbonne University. His participation in writing the content shed new light on carricature, and his supervision was invaluable in the organization of our exhibition.
Finally, we would like to thank Eglantine Ponse and Nancy Ba for their involvement and their efficiency in the realization of this project.