Daumier (1808-1879): Visions of Paris
26 October 2013 – 26 January 2014
An exhibition of paintings by the nineteenth-century artist that Charles Baudelaire described as having the capacity to capture ‘the heroism of modern life’.
The acerbic wit of the irreverent lithographer Honoré Daumier caused nineteenth century French politicians no end of trouble. Using his acute powers of observation he challenged and ridiculed the policies of the day in the biting satire of his sketches. This exhibition explores his prolific output of paintings, drawings and watercolours and why Bohemian Paris described him as the painter of modern life.
Inspired by the Realist painters, Daumier’s portrait ‘The Laundress’ depicts a washerwoman with her small child. The focus on her humble activity, together with the sensitivity of Daumier’s treatment of his subject, invests the scene with a powerful symbolic dimension.