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The Painter

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The Painter 1865

Not on display

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'.


  • Acc. No. NG 1616
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 28.90 x 18.70 cm (framed: 44.20 x 33.80 x 5.50 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Art Fund 1923