The Third-Class Carriage

Honoré Daumier French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 802

As a graphic artist and painter, Daumier chronicled the impact of industrialization on modern urban life in mid-nineteenth-century Paris. Here, he amplifies the subject of a lithograph made some ten years earlier: the hardship and quiet fortitude of third-class railway travelers. Bathed in light, the nursing mother, elderly woman, and sleeping boy emanate a serenity not often associated with public transport. Unfinished and squared for transfer, this picture closely corresponds to a watercolor of 1864 (Walters Art Museum, Baltimore) and a finished oil painting (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa).

#6088. The Third-Class Carriage

The Third-Class Carriage, Honoré Daumier (French, Marseilles 1808–1879 Valmondois), Oil on canvas

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