Past Exhibitions

Caricature, Satire, and Comedy of Manners: Works on Paper from the 18th through 20th Centuries

February 13, 2010 – September 5, 2010



Humor, flattery, critique, protest, mockery, stereotype, distortion, and the grotesque are just some ideas evoked by the artworks in this exhibition.  

Ranging from the lighthearted to the unsettling, these 70 prints and drawings present fascinating aspects of caricature, satire, and comedy of manners. Produced over two centuries, the works are united by the artists’ use of archetypes, stereotypes, double meaning, and deep-seated cultural associations to build images that are at once instantly meaningful and ambiguous or multifaceted. These genres can expose public facades as masks for hidden truths, challenging the viewer to think critically. The exhibition, representing the work of 12 European and American artists, features in-depth selections of works by Honoré Daumier, William Hogarth, and Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes—three major artists who helped establish these traditions.

The exhibition is organized by Amanda Zehnder, associate curator of fine arts.

Exhibition Credits

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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