|DR Number 9119|
ABOUT THIS PAINTING|
Oil painting on canvas.
This is another painting showing passengers in a third class carriage, a theme repeatedly used by Daumier and still exhibited in various versions and states of condition in Museums in Ottawa, New York etc. When comparing DR9119 to such original paintings it seems obvious that the underlying painting is rigid and without emotions. We would at this point find it very difficult to attribute this work, to Daumier without further research.
The present owner of the painting, Galerie AB in Paris, informs us that the technique of the painting is oil on paper mounted on canvas. They also give us some information about the collector Roger Leybold (1896-1970). He was a brewer and industrialist in Paris with a large art collection. Apart from this painting he owned another one by Daumier as well as some bronzes.
SOME OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE TRAIN SYSTEM OF THIS PERIOD:
Although Lamartine had tried to have the French railroad system nationalized, the Government decided in July 1838 to grant only three railroad concessions for the lines Paris-Le Havre, Paris-Orléans, and Paris-Strasbourg. In 1839, some of the private railroad companies got into financial problems due to high construction costs. The government agreed to a guarantee for 40 years with an interest by the State of 4%. The Paris-Orléans line became a modern cooperative, where the stakes were divided between private and public shareholders.
… read more about TRAVELLING in Daumier’s time.
Some observations about WORK AND POVERTY during this period.
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