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c Mid 1850s
b 83.8 x 55.9 cm.
Oil on canvas.
Design Date: Mid 1850s (signed)
Daumier's paintings were probably done for the most part fairly late in his career. Although he was accepted four times by the Salon, he never exhibited his paintings otherwise and they remained practically unknown up to the time of an exhibition held at Durand-Ruel's gallery in 1878, the year of his death. The paintings are in the main a documentation of contemporary life and manners with satirical overtones, although he also did a number featuring Don Quixote as a larger-than-life hero. His technique was remarkably broad and free.
Style: French Realist.
Kunsthistorisches Museum. ID=AVK
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)