Faculty forum to explore railroad in Daumier’s print work

September 19, 2016
Tyler Ostergaard

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will present a faculty forum, “Modernity, Mayhem and Meudon: The Railroad in Daumier’s print work and mid-19th century French culture,” on Thursday, Oct. 6, in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 pm.

Honoré Daumier was a 19th century French caricaturist, painter and sculptor renowned for his artwork satirizing French politics and society. During his lifetime, he created more than 4,000 images.

At the forum, Dr. Tyler Ostergaard, assistant professor of art history at UW-Platteville, will analyze Daumier’s early images of the railroad and discuss how he used the images to critique the dangers of early rail travel in France.

Following Ostergaard’s discussion, Dr. Laura Anderson, professor of French at UW-Platteville, will provide a response from a literary perspective on 19th century France.

“Daumier’s images are famous for their amazingly deep, humorous and comprehensive view of day-to-day life in the mid-19th century and offer modern viewers a unique view into the fears and hopes of Parisians first experiencing modern life,” said Ostergaard. “More than just documenting, Daumier used his images to critique the unaddressed danger of early rail travel – the most striking and impactful invention of the age – and express the anxiety, real or otherwise, provoked by new technology. The responses to Modernity, as evidenced in Daumier’s images, are particularly striking and informative for contemporary viewers, now ever so familiar with the benefits and the hindrances of technologic change.”

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Ostergaard works on depictions of industrialization in 19th century French art and culture. He has presented research on Honoré Daumier, Claude Monet, Camile Pissarro, Gustave Caillebotte and the Impressionists, Horace Vernet and other artists of industrialization at national conferences in North Carolina, Missouri, Texas, Virginia, California, Illinois, Massachusetts and Iowa and major United States museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Art Institute of Chicago. Other scholarly interests include critical reception, Romantic landscape painting, early print culture, the cultural memory of the Franco-Prussian War and the development of the art market. Before coming to UW-Platteville in 2014, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, an M.A. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and a B.A. from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Anderson has been a faculty member at UW-Platteville since 1996. She teaches all levels of French.

The forum is free and open to university students, faculty, staff and community members. Refreshments will be served. The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville’s College of LAE. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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