The Night Walkers
DAUMIER, Honore (1808 - 1879)
Media: oil on board
Size: 28.9 x 18.7 cm
Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 2452
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
The dark outlines and lack emphasis on light and dark reveal Daumier’s experience in drawing and printmaking. His reputation was first established as a satirical caricaturist and it was only later he ventured into painting with oils. This work is an early example. The figures’ dress marks a distinction in social class – perhaps a reference to the political issues of the time.