Five Tables of Amusing Moral Critique

Exhibit - Painting | May 2 | 1:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Regarding satire, the George Bernard Shaw quote is here apropos: If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Three unkilled printmaking exemplars whose works from the collection are on view this month: the late-nineteenth-century French newspaper satirist Honoré Daumier, who urbanely pokes fun at everything from foreign policy to Paris fashion; the sardonic Spanish court artist Francisco Goya, who fiercely critiques the corruption of those with power and the ignorance of those with none; and the bristling eighteenth-century English moralist William Hogarth, whose The Rake’s Progress merges entertainment and outrage in equal parts. And much more!