Victor Hugo Caricature Exhibition

Victor Hugo & Caricatures

  • March 23, 2015 at 10:00am - April 4, 2015 at 10:00am
  • Jersey Arts Centre Phillips Street, JE2 4SW, Jersey Tel: 700 400
  • FREE!
  • Exhibition

Victor Hugo has been the subject of more than a thousand caricatures published in the satirical press of his time. Daumier, Gustave Doré, Nadar, Gill and lots of other artists were inspired for their works by the poet, the dramatist, the novelist as well as by the deeply engaged writer.

During his years of exile in the Channel Islands, the caricatures multiplied inspired by all the great works written during this period, in particular “La Légende des siècles” and “Les Misérables”. Upon his return in France, Victor Hugo noticed that the satirical portraits of himself and his works were losing their power and causticity and ended up participating in his pantheonisation. In these drawings, he became the “father of the republic”, a prophet or even god himself!

Gerard Pouchain’s private exhibition, which toured in Paris, China, the USA, Cuba as well as in numerous countries in Europe, shows 35 original caricatures (published from 1835 to 1885) which recount the political as well as literary life of Victor Hugo.

Preview of the exhibition in presence of Mr Gerard Pouchain : Monday 23rd March form 5.30 to 7.00pm.

Contact us by calling 01534 875 655 to arrange free guided tours of the exhibtion with Mr Pouchain (available from Monday 23rd to Friday 28th).

Victor Hugo Caricature Exhibition