Honoré Daumier

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Honoré Daumier
Two Lawyers Conversing
ca. 1862
Black chalk, lithographic crayon, watercolor and opaque watercolor with graphite.
8 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches (209 x 270 mm)
Thaw Collection.

Signed in pen and black ink at lower right, "h. Daumier".
Watermark: "HALLINES" with shield above, fragment.

Jules Clarétie, Paris; sale, Paris, Palais Galliéra, 27 March 1973, no. 17; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw, New York.

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 73, repr.
Stampfle, Felice, and Cara D. Denison. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1975, no. 88, repr. (also in Thaw III, no. 74)
Denison, Cara D. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 74, repr.
Denison, Cara D. et al. From Mantegna to Picasso : Drawings from the Thaw Collection at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. London : Royal Academy of Arts ; New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1996, no. 68, repr. in color.
From Leonardo to Pollock: Master drawings from the Morgan Library. New York: Morgan Library, 2006, cat. no. 88, p. 184-185.
100 Master drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum. München : Hirmer, 2008, no. 85, repr. [Jennifer Tonkovich]


Inspired by the courts in his Paris neighborhood, Daumier made numerous studies of lawyers at work. The artist's experience as a pictorial satirist for the sophisticated audience of the journal Le Charivari informed many of these scenes. At a courtroom table, a lawyer leans back to offer an aside to his upright colleague, who listens with an impassive air. Daumier's sly commentary on the legal profession reveals his skepticism about the justice system during the reign of Napoleon iii. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

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Claretie, Jules, 1840-1913, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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