Steve Brodner talks about The Prize Fight by Thomas Rowlandson

Today’s post comes from Taylor Shoolery, class of 2012 and Art Center student docent.

On Saturday Steve Brodner, political cartoonist, illustrator, and Thomas Rowlandson enthusiast, joined us at the Art Center to lead a private tour of the Rowlandson exhibit.  Brodner’s talk was informed by his own unique experience as a satirist.  Brodner praised Rowlandson’s artistic mastery commenting on the balance of freedom and control manifest in the prints and drawings.  However, Brodner also noted that Rowlandson “was not a crusading cartoonist,” but rather he was happy to satirize any and all political figures.  “He doesn’t give a damn,” said Brodner, “and that is where we differ.”  But even given Rowlandson’s lack of political devotion, Brodner regarded each work with reverence.  As we stood in front of the watercolor, The Prize Fight Brodner commented, “The closer you look, the more surprises you will find.”  Indeed, that is true of all of Rowlandson’s intricate images.  The exhibition closes on June 12, so hurry in to get a last look at the works that have inspired the satire we know today.

Thomas Rowlandson, The Prize Fight, 1787, Watercolor with pen, courtesy of The Yale Center for British Art

To read more about Brodner’s visit to the Art Center you can go to his blog.