The Watering Place
DAUMIER, Honore (1808 - 1879)
Media: oil on board
Size: 44.7 x 55.7 cm
Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 2451
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
The tension between the man restraining his horse and the dog barking from the shadows shows Daumier’s skill in depicting movement. The contrasting effects of light and dark also add to the sense of drama. While the subject of men taking their horses down to the River Seine to drink was an everyday occurrence, here the artist has filled it with energy and intrigue.