Daumier

 
  • Watercolor, charcoal, and ink image of singing man with three onlookers holding cups

    Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) 
    The Drinkers, c. 1860
    Watercolor, pen and ink, and charcoal on cream laid paper
    9 7/16 x 10 1/2 in. (23.9 x 26.7 cm)
    Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1504

    In this depiction of laborers in blue work aprons or overalls, Daumier treats the subject of drink-inspired song. The two men at center belt out a tune to the apparent amusement, or embarrassment, of their companion at left. At right, a fourth man devotes full attention to his beverage.

  • Watercolor image of three robed men talking

    Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) 
    Three Lawyers Conversing, c. 1862–65
    Watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal, chalk, and gouache on cream wove paper
    12 15/16 x 9 3/4 in. (32.9 x 24.8 cm)
    Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1499

    Lawyers appear frequently in Daumier’s satires. Having been jailed for his political caricatures, the artist had ample opportunity to see lawyers at work. This trio’s upturned noses suggest an undeserved attitude of authority, and their theatrical poses and symmetrical arrangement underscore the artificiality of their conduct.  

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