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Metamorphosis: Human/Animal Transformations in Satirical Art

Exhibition Dates

September 19, 2015 - November 30, 2015

The impulse to transform human beings into animals is part of a long tradition in satirical art. The vices and unruly behaviour of powerful people were particular targets of caricaturists. Artists lampooned monarchs, politicians and the nobility by exaggerating body parts and facial features that resembled those of animals.

This small, focused exhibition features the work of British and French caricaturists of the 1700s and 1800s. By combining human and animal forms to invent witty hybrid creatures, they showcased their imaginative powers.

In 1976, the Trier-Fodor Foundation gave the Art Gallery of Ontario more than 1,100 works by the humorist and illustrator Walter Trier. The gift was accompanied by an endowment to support the acquisition and exhibition of humorous, satirical and illustrative graphic art.

Organized by Art Gallery of Ontario

This exhibition is included with general admission.

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