Daumier and the Franco – Prussian “Dance of Death”

Daumier´s late cartoons on the Franco-Prussian war are counted among his best. They were inspired by Alfred Rethel´s famous wood-cut cycle “Dance of Death” and of course by Goya´s visionary etchings. The future relationsships between the newly founded German Reich and its neighbour provoked series of imaginative adaptions by some influential graphic artists like Henri Meyer, who was one of the leading illustrators of the penny paper “Le Petit Journal” and Paul Iribe, the famous precursor of the Art Deco-movement.

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