The House of Illustration is the perfect place to enjoy and learn about illustration in all its forms. Their current exhibition unites the work of Honoré Daumier and Paula Rego for the first time in this country and it is a powerful combination.
Scarecrow Paula Rego 2006 courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art
Daumier numbers among the greatest 19th century caricaturists using his lithographs as the means to observe and comment on Parisian life in La Caricature and Le Charivari. In our times Paula Rego, who incidentally is co-curator of this show, uses printmaking for her sometimes unsettling take on stories and the familiar. As you will see that even though separated by a century these artistic visions have recognisable similarities.
House of Illustration’s director sums the exhibition up well saying ‘Both Rego and Daumier mastered the technique of printmaking and recognise its power as a democratic art – by creating multiple images, printmaking enables their work to be circulated widely and effect change. We are delighted to host the works of such great artists at House of Illustration with an exhibition which reaffirms the importance of illustration as the sister art of painting and sculpture.’
The Baker’s Wife Paula Rego courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art