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The Heavy Burden

DAUMIER, Honore (1808 - 1879)

The Heavy Burden

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

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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.

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