Art: The Alternative Tradition

Mr Arlepaire by Daumier

Mr. Arlépaire by Honoré Daumier

When the republican revolution of 1830 was frustrated by installation of the Orleanist Louis-Philippe as self-styled "citizen-king," Daumier, democrat, republican, and supreme draughtsman, satirised the corrupt politicians of his repressive régime.

As censorship and imprisonment restricted press freedoms, Daumier by-passed the censors by introducing further innovations. --