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Lunch in the Country

DAUMIER, Honore (1808 - 1879)

Lunch in the Country

Date: 1868

Media: oil on board

Size: 26.0 x 34.0 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2449

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

The theme of leisurely Parisians eating outdoors became popular among artists painting scenes of modern life. Here, the bearded gentlemen represent typical middle-class characters. They sit contentedly while one gives a piece of food to the bony-looking dog at his side. Another man wearing a flat cap hurriedly gulps his coffee, his eyes also fixed on the tasty morsel.

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