The Heavy Burden
DAUMIER, Honore (1808 - 1879)
Media: oil on panel
Size: 39.7 x 32.2 cm
Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 3891
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
‘The Heavy Burden’ refers not simply to the bundle carried by the woman but also to the child at her side, as if they are all she possesses. The pair’s desperate appearance and the sombre mood are typical of the social commentary Daumier often conveyed in his works. He made a number of changes to this image. Originally the figures were viewed from behind.