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Description In the 1860s the great caricaturist Daumier produced a number of drawings exploring the reactions of viewers to works of art. In this example, one of several set in a studio, the haughty, aloof artist awaits the presumably enthusiastic responses of his visitors.
Date Description Narrative
1/25/1971Treatmentcleaned; mounted; re-housed
10/09/1989Loan Considerationexamined for loan
10/09/1989Treatmentexamined for loan; other
2/12/1992Loan Considerationexamined for loan
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined for exhibition; mounted; other
10/06/2004Loan Considerationexamined for loan
  • From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951.
  • Daumier, 1808-1879. Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Philadelphia. 1937.
  • La Caricature. École des beaux-arts, Paris, Paris. 1888.
  • Van Clouet to Matisse. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1958-1959.
  • Daumier: Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Prints. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton. 1961.
  • A Supple Brush: The Flowering of Continental Watercolors. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • Daumier and the Art of Caricature. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1989-1990.
  • Daumier 1808-1879. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Musee D'Orsay, Paris; The Phillips Collection, Washington. 1999-2000.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
Provenance P. Aubry, Paris, March 20, 1877, by purchase [from the artist]; Mme Aubry [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Paul Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1895 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Cyrus J. Lawrence (1886-1910), New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Cyrus J. Lawrence Sale, American Art Association, New York, January 21-22, 1910, lot 34; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase [using the alias Henry Chester]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower right in brown ink: h. Daumier
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910

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black crayon with watercolor and gouache heightened with white gouache on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 12 3/4 x W: 12 1/8 in. (32.4 x 30.8 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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