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The Heavy Burden

DAUMIER, Honore (1808 - 1879)

[image: 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.

2 comments

Amgueddfa Cymru on 20 December 2011, 09:24 (Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff)

Dear Paul, Please see our Print on Demand pages for information on print sales.
Thank you for your interest in Amgueddfa Cymru

paul meredith on 17 December 2011, 06:04

do you sell a print of this painting? If so, what sizes and what cost.
Daumier...the heavy burden

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