The amateur is absorbed in the search for an engraving. A typical example of Daumier’s characters of the petty bourgeoisie of Paris.
Honoré Daumier (Marseille, February 26, 1808 – Valmondois, February 10, 1879) was a French printmaker, caricaturist, painter, and sculptor, whose many works offer commentary on social and political life in France in the 19th century. A prolific draftsman who produced over 500 paintings, 4000 lithographs, 1000 wood engravings, 1000 drawings, 100 sculptures he was perhaps best known for his caricatures of political figures and satires on the behavior of his countrymen, although posthumously the value of his painting has also been recognised.
[Oil on canvas, 41 x 33.5 cm]