Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Third-Class Carriage by Daumier

Name: The Third-Class Carriage
Artist's Name: Honore Daumier
Date: ca. 1862
Period: Modernism
Material: Oil on canvas

Daumier was known as a champion of the urban working class, the disinherited masses of 19th-century industrialism. Third-Class Carriage shows the viewer into the cramped and grimy railway carriage of the 1860's. The scene is painted candidly, the faces of his figures blank and dumbly patient. The painting is sketchy and incomplete, which lends well to the vague and impersonal subject matter.

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