Art Lovers

Art Lovers

1863-1869

Honoré Daumier

(French, 1808-1879)

Gray and black wash, charcoal, and graphite, with watercolor

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

Catalogue raisonné: Maison 391

Fun Fact

Honoré Daumier produced watercolors primarily for collectors of his work, suggesting that this image, somewhat ironically, was intended to be sold to the very figures it depicts.

Description

Honoré Daumier was known for his witty depictions of contemporary Parisian types, including the art collectors seen in this drawing. The sheet belongs to a series in which the artist depicted these connoisseurs in the process of closely studying works of art. Although here, the men's focus seems sincere, in many works Daumier caricatured his subjects' greediness, smugness, or obliviousness.

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