The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is pleased to announce the exhibit The Dreyfus Affair and the Press: Paul Renouard and the Art of Visual Reportage, currently on display through August 31, 2012. The JTS Library is located at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City; for hours and directions, see here.
Paul Renouard was one of the most published newspaper illustrators of the late 19th century, when illustration was a primary form of social and political activism. Renouard's drawings dominated the extensive media coverage of the Dreyfus Affair—in which Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French Army, was falsely accused of treason in 1894, convicted, reconvicted, and eventually pardoned in 1899—and these works mark the peak of Renouard's career. This exhibition of his lithographs features strikingly vivid moments of Dreyfus's second court-martial, which took place in Rennes from August 7 to September 9, 1899. The concise selection—curated by Rachel Katz under the supervision of Sharon Liberman Mintz, curator of Jewish Art—is drawn from a larger group of artwork related to the Dreyfus Affair that is part of the extensive Print Collection of The JTS Library.
Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, said, "Paul Renouard's lithographs of Dreyfus's second trial bring those events back to life—helping us to appreciate the emotions that animated this key event in modern Jewish history. These images really make you feel like 'you are there.'"