Honoré Daumier

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Honoré Daumier
1808-1879
Reading
ca. 1860
Pen and black ink and wash with black fabricated chalk over charcoal on card stock.
9 5/8 x 12 inches (244 x 304 mm)
Thaw Collection.
2017.51
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Signed in pen and black ink, and wash, on paper.

Provenance: 
Mme Hecht, Paris; Pontremoli; Trenel; Wildenstein and Co., New York; Norton Simon, Los Angeles; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
Bibliography: 

The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., no. 72, 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. 86.

Notes: 

In the 1850s and 1860s, as part of his ongoing observation of modern life in Paris, Daumier produced a series of drawings and paintings featuring groups of men talking, reading, or playing games in intimate domestic spaces. Here, an elderly man hunches forward, his body taut with the effort to hear, while his companion reads aloud. Sheets like this one reveal the empathetic and humane side of an artist known for his satirical and political work. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Associated names: 

Hecht, Mme., former owner.
Pontremoli, former owner.
Trenel, former owner.
Simon, Norton, 1907-1993, former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.

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