Satirical, critical, talented – William Hogarth was one of the most original British artists of the 18th Century. The son of a poor schoolmaster made a name for himself as a portraitist and became best known for his satirical etchings. He called his comic strip-like series “modern moral subjects” that anchors his work in the milieu of his time.
In strange and graphic tales, such as A Harlot’s Progress, he denounced the social and political injustices of his time . Often pirated, Hogarth fought for the first image copyright law. Together with illustrators and writers from today, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores Hogarth’s birth city London and recounts the life and work of a man who is regarded as the forerunner of modern caricature.
Art Lives, from Arthaus, is a series of compelling documentaries on artists and art movements released for the first time on DVD in the English language.