About this artwork

This is a study of a painter at work, rather than a self-portrait. It is typically atmospheric, demonstrating Daumier’s loose handling of paint and love of Rembrandtesque chiaroscuro. Daumier was an infrequent painter (he was also a sculptor), turning to the medium when, for various reasons, he was denied outlets for his satirical prints which were published mainly in 'La Caricature' and, later, 'Le Charivari'.

  • title:
    The Painter
  • accession number:
    NG 1616
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  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • date created:
    1865
  • measurements:
    28.90 x 18.70 cm (framed: 44.20 x 33.80 x 5.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Art Fund 1923
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Honoré Daumier

Honoré Daumier