In the 1860s the great caricaturist Daumier produced a number of drawings exploring the reactions of viewers to works of art. In this example, one of several set in a studio, the haughty, aloof artist awaits the presumably enthusiastic responses of his visitors.


  • Title: The Amateurs
  • Date Created: 1865-1868
  • Physical Dimensions: w30.8 x h32.4 cm
  • Type: watercolors
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: black crayon with watercolor and gouache heightened with white gouache on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
  • Provenance: P. Aubry, Paris, March 20, 1877, by purchase [from the artist]; Mme Aubry [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Paul Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1895 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Cyrus J. Lawrence (1886-1910), New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Cyrus J. Lawrence Sale, American Art Association, New York, January 21-22, 1910, lot 34; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase [using the alias Henry Chester]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: France
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Lower right in brown ink: h. Daumier
  • ExhibitionHistory: Daumier, 1808-1879. Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Philadelphia. 1937; From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951; Van Clouet to Matisse. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1958-1959; Daumier: Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Prints. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton. 1961; A Supple Brush: The Flowering of Continental Watercolors. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979; A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983; Daumier and the Art of Caricature. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1989-1990; Daumier 1808-1879. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Musee D'Orsay, Paris; The Phillips Collection, Washington. 1999-2000; The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006
  • Artist: Honoré Daumier

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