Caricatures as a Medium of free Expression

Honoré Daumier, Répétition général du concil, 1869, lithograph, 33,1 x 28 cm, Musée Carnavalet, Paris

This caricature by Honoré Daumier from 1869 shows a group of clerics trying to blow out a flame symbolizing freedom of expression. While the depicted image explicitly deals with this fundamental right, the medium of caricature itself, independent of its subject, has always had a role in defending freedom of (artistic) expression. Caricatures usually use exaggeration as a means of expression, running often the risk of hurting personal rights or feelings.


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