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Workmen on the Street

DAUMIER, Honore (1808 - 1879)

Workmen on the Street

Date: 1838-40

Media: oil on board

Size: 12.4 x 17.0 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2450

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

The focus of Daumier’s painting is a workman in shadow, smoking a pipe with a pick over his shoulder. Almost as if looking down his nose, his gaze points toward a wealthy-looking gentleman in a top hat. Daumier was a relentless Realist and social commentator. This painting reflects the unease which existed then between the wealthier bourgeoisie and labouring classes.

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