Description Louis Leroy, the editor of the popular magazines in which so many of Daumier's lithographs appeared, characterized the artist as a man who "scoffed at the rich and felt a great tenderness for the common people." It is the latter trait that prevails in this theater scene. The publication in 1856 of a lithograph of a similar scene suggests a date for this work. Daumier seldom exhibited his oil paintings and frequently left them unfinished.
- Daumier and the Art of Caricature. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1989-1990.
- A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004.
- Daumier and the Art of Caricature. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 2003-2004.
- Renoir at the Theatre: The Loge Paintings. Courtauld Institute of Art, London. 2008.
Provenance Mme Daubigny, 1878; Chailloux, June 13, 1881 [mode of acquisition unknown]; The George A. Lucas Collection, Baltimore, 1881, by purchase; Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, May 9, 1910, by bequest [Henry Walters as executor]; Walters Art Museum, 1944, by indefinite loan; Walters Art Museum, 1996, by purchase.
Inscriptions signed lower left
Credit Museum purchase with exchange funds from the gifts of Mrs. T. Willing Balch, Mrs. Ludlow Baldwin, Mrs. Joseph Bryan III, Gabriele Bruck, Misses Elizabeth L. and Louise M. Clark, Mrs. Denison Frick, Mr. David R. Harrison, Mrs. Frances W. Haussner, The Haussner Family Limited Partnership, Mr. Martin Horowitz, Mrs. Jane Lipman in memory of Leroy and Elizabeth Lipman, the estate of Rita Lowenstein, Mrs. Thelma Pierce, Sara D. Redmond, Harriet Rowland, Louis E. Shecter, Mrs. Henriette Stevens, James and Jean Tebay, and William C. Whittridge, and the bequests of Miss Laura F. Delano, Laura Delano Eastman, Mrs. Ruth Mangels Wineholt Eppler, Mr. Stephen Glazer, Mr. Philip B. Perlman, Mary Saunders Ward, Mrs. Frances Eaton Weld, and H. Morris Whitehurst, 1996–2008
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