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Honoré Daumier was known for his witty depictions of contemporary Parisian types, including the art collectors seen in this drawing. The sheet belongs to a series in which the artist depicted these connoisseurs in the process of closely studying works of art. Although here, the men's focus seems sincere, in many works Daumier caricatured his subjects' greediness, smugness, or obliviousness.

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  • Title: Art Lovers
  • Creator: Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879)
  • Date Created: c. 1863
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 26.2 x 19.4 cm (10 5/16 x 7 5/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Madame Pierre Bureau, Paris, Paul Bureau [1865-1923], Paris, his estate, Paris, (sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, Collection Paul Bureau [première vente], May 20, 1927, no. 66, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, through Marcel Guiot), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1927.208
  • Medium: Gray and black wash, charcoal, and graphite, with watercolor, on cream laid paper
  • Inscriptions: signed, lower left, in black ink: h.D.
  • Fun Fact: Honoré Daumier produced watercolors primarily for collectors of his work, suggesting that this image, somewhat ironically, was intended to be sold to the very figures it depicts.
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Dudley P. Allen Fund
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 1927.208

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