Current Location:
Cabinet E -> Drawer 08 (E)
Location Notes:
PDC; Cabinet E; Drawer 08

Black Salt

Artwork
Identifier:
2000.381.10
Artist:
Rudolph de Harak
Credit:
Gift of Ann MacWilliam Dilley
Medium:
Print
Date:
1978
Dimensions:
Artworks;Artworks - Height: 14 in;32" Width: 28 in;40"
Note: Image size: 14x14 Paper size: 28x14;Matte
Description:
Text that describes the cartoons in this series.
Historical Context:
Horace, the Roman satirist, would undoubtedly appreciate the particular sense of humor of cartoons for, in the first century B.C., he invented a phrase to describe just such a spirit. "Black salt," he called it, reaching into Greece to borrow the "salt," an Attic term for humor, and adding "black" to indicate more precisely the degree of its pungency, or bite. Horace himself, of course, was an expert on black salt, having developed a form of satire so basic that it's still being used by our stand-up comedians today.