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The Confidence (The Secret)

DAUMIER, Honore (1808 - 1879)

The Confidence (The Secret)

Media: oil on board

Size: 26.7 x 35.7 cm

Acquired: 1992; Gift; Mrs Charles Wilmers

Accession Number: NMW A 1602

A wizened old lady leans in toward an eager young woman, eyes closed and gesturing with a feeble hand as if about to speak. Their profiles are highlighted against a dark background, emphasising the contrast between the wrinkles of old age and the fresh glow of youth. Daumier’s skill as a caricaturist shows in the simplicity of this scene personifying experience and innocence

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