House of Illustration

 Paula Rego / Honoré Daumier: Scandal, Gossip and Other Stories,  House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross London N1C 4BH, until 22nd March 2015
Honore Daumier Crinoline in Winter © courtesy of Juan Espino Navia

Honore Daumier
Crinoline in Winter
© courtesy of Juan Espino Navia

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

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.

Honore Daumier Cursed by the Shadows of his Victims © courtesy of Juan Espino Navia

Honore Daumier
Cursed by the Shadows of his Victims
© courtesy of Juan Espino Navia

 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

The Baker’s Wife
Paula Rego
courtesy of Marlborough Fine Art

 

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