Dr. Jillian Lerner
Lerner, Jillian. Graphic Culture: Illustration and Artistic Enterprise in Paris, 1830-1848. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2018.
This exploration of print culture traces changing conditions of vision and social history in July Monarchy Paris. Analyzing a variety of caricatures, fashion plates, celebrity portraits, city guides, and advertising posters from the 1830s and 1840s, Jillian Lerner investigates how quotidian print imagery transformed the material and symbolic dimensions of metropolitan life. The author’s interdisciplinary approach situates the careers and visual strategies of graphic artists such as Paul Gavarni and Achille Devéria in a broader context of urban entertainments and social practices. Graphic Culture illuminates a rich terrain of artistic collaboration and commercial experimentation that linked the worlds of art, literature, fashion, publicity, and the theatre.