Daumier's gallery of sometimes cruel but invariably amusing portraits exceeds mere caricature and brings together MPs, peers, as well as relatives and close friends of the artist. Following the in depth study and restoration of the unbaked clay figures, made possible by the generosity of the Fondation BNP Paribas, this exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see Duamier's busts and lithographs juxtaposed with realistic portraits of the featured personalities.
Edouard Papet, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Periodical48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 20, Spring 2005
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux