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A Man Reading in a Garden (recto); Preliminary sketch for a Man Reading in a Garden (verso)

Honoré Daumier (French, Marseilles 1808–1879 Valmondois)
Watercolor over black chalk, with pen and ink, brush and wash, and litho crayon. Verso: pen and brown ink, black gray wash and litho crayon. Wove paper.
13 5/16 x 10 5/8 in. (33.8 x 27cm)
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
After Daumier's death, this drawing came into the hands of the Paris art dealers Boussod & Valadon, where Vincent Van Gogh's brother, Theo, worked. Vincent seems to have recalled seeing it, writing to his brother on October 22, 1882:
"I remember very well being most impressed by a drawing of Daumier's: an old man under the chestnut trees in the Champs Elysées. . . . What impressed me so much at the time was something so stout and manly in Daumier's conception, something that made me think it must be good to think and to feel like that and to overlook or ignore a multitude of things and to concentrate on what makes us sit up and think and what touches us as human beings more directly and personally than meadows or clouds."
Corot at Ville d'Avray

Signature: In pen and ink at lower left: "h. Daumier"

Marking: Label: "Boussod, Valadon & Cie"
Prev. owned Boussod, Valadon and Co. (Paris)(by 1888); Paul Gallimard,Paris (by 1901); Durand-Ruel Gallery; H. O. Havemeyer; Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer
Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Daumier, 1808-1879," 1937.

Union League Club. "Union League Club, New York, 1890," 1890.

Musée de l'Orangerie. "Exposition Daumier," 1934.

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. "Exposition Daumier, École des Beaux-Arts, Paris," 1921.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The H.O. Havemeyer Collection," March 10, 1930–November 2, 1930.

Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Corot-Daumier, Museum of Modern Art, New York," October 16, 1930–November 23, 1930.

Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Nineteenth century French drawings, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1947," March 8, 1947–April 6, 1947.

Musée de l'Orangerie. "De David à Toulouse-Lautrec : Chefs-d'oeuvre des collections américaines," April 20, 1955–July 5, 1955.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classicism and Romanticism. French Drawings and Prints," September 15, 1970–November 1, 1970.

Paris. Musée du Louvre. "Dessins Français du Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, de David à Picasso," October 25, 1973–January 7, 1974.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth Century French Drawings and Prints," June 23, 1981–August 23, 1981.

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. "Honore Daumier, 1808-1879," June 11, 1999–September 6, 1999.

Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. "Honore Daumier, 1808-1879," October 5, 1999–January 3, 2000.

Phillips Collection. "Honore Daumier, 1808-1879," February 19, 2000–May 14, 2000.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 20, 2008–January 11, 2009.

Ann Dumas, Royal Academy of Arts. "Daumier: Visions of Paris," October 26, 2013–January 26, 2014.

Maison 361 and 359 (verso)

Ives/Stuffmann 64

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Léon Rosenthal Daumier : accompagnées de quarante-huit notices. Paris, n.d., fig. no. pl. XLVIII, p. 111.

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Henri Frantz, Octave Uzanne Daumier and Gavarni. London, 1904, fig. no. D. VIII, ill.

Ardengo Soffici "Daumier pittore" Dedalo. vol. 2, 1921, p. 412, ill.

Raymond Escholier Daumier. Paris, 1923, before p. 175, ill.

Erich Klossowski Honoré Daumier. Munich, 1923, cat. no. 397, fig. no. pl. 148, p. 122, ill.

Michael Sadleir Daumier. 1924, fig. no. pl. 62.

Eduard Fuchs Der Maler Daumier. 1927, cat. no. 175, fig. no. pl. 175, p. 53, ill.

Corot-Daumier Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 1930, cat. no. 122, p. 24, ill.

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Roger Eliot Fry Characteristics of French Art. 1933, fig. no. pl. XXIX A, p. 116, ill.

Charles Sterling, Anatole de Monzie, Claude Roger-Marx Daumier: Peintures, aquarelles, dessins. Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, 1934, cat. no. 146.

Elise Van Hook, Henri Marceau, David Rosen, Claude Roger-Marx Daumier, 1808-1879. Exh. cat. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 1937, cat. no. 21, ill.

Benno Fleischmann Honoré Daumier, Gemälde, Graphik. Vienna, 1938, fig. no. pl. 44, ill.

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Regina Shoolman, Charles E. Slatkin Six Centuries of French Master Drawings in America. Oxford University Press, New York, 1950, fig. no. pl. 84, p. 148, ill.

Jean Adhémar Daumier Dessins et Aquarelles. Paris, [1954], cat. no. 12, ill.

Jean Adhémar Honoré Daumier. Paris, 1954, cat. no. 67, fig. no. 67, p. 120, ill.

K. E. Maison "Daumier studies, part 1: preparatory drawings." Burlington Magazine. vol. 96, 1954, pp. 14, 16, ill.

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J. E. Schuler, Rolf Hänsler Meisterzeichnungen von der Welt bewundert. Stuttgart, 1962, pp. 208, 209, ill.

Jacob Bean 100 European Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York Graphic Society, New York, 1964, cat. no. 70, fig. no. 70, ill.

Oliver Larkin "Daumier: the later years." Massachusetts Review. Autumn. 1965, opp. p. 810, ill.

K. E. Maison Honoré Daumier: Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings. 2 vols., New York, 1968, cat. no. 359, 361, fig. no. pl. 112, 113, pp. 121,122, ill.

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Daumier's Universe. 1977, p. 10, ill.

Roger Passeron Daumier témoin de son temps. Fribourg, 1979, fig. no. 185, pp. 240, 242, 24, ill.

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Bruce Laughton The Drawings of Daumier and Millet. 1991, fig. no. 8.33, pp. 134-135, ill.

Nicholas Wadley Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Drawing. Laurence King Publishers, London, 1991, fig. no. 66a, p. 214, ill.

Colta Ives, Martin Sonnabend, Margret Stuffmann, Klaus Herding, Judith Wechsler Daumier Drawings. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1992, cat. no. 64, fig. no. 64, p. 156, ill.

Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Catherine Lampert, Mr. Michael Pantazzi, Judith Wechsler, Édouard Papet, John Berger, T. J. Clark, Peter Doig, Sarah Lea Daumier (1808-1879): Visions of Paris. Beatrice Gullström, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2013, cat. no. 65, pp. 25, 122-123, ill.

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