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Art Lovers

1863-1869

Honoré Daumier

(French, 1808-1879)

Brush and gray and black wash, charcoal, and graphite, with orange and red wash

Support: Cream(3) modern(?) laid paper, laid down on beige(1) wove paper

Sheet: 26.1 x 19.3 cm (10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in.); Secondary Support: 27.5 x 19.4 cm (10 13/16 x 7 5/8 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1927.208

Description

Daumier's witty pictures of contemporary types included several drawings, prints, and paintings in which he explored a theme he knew well: collectors and other viewers perusing art works. Sometimes he caricatured his subjects' greediness, smugness, or stupidity, but in this example the three men seem to study the objects with sincere appreciation.

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