Done by an unknown artist, This is the Life is one of the most typically XlXth-century works in the MUNALs collection, being a depiction of everyday life which, incidentally, is in line with the prevailing ideology of its day. The compositions central theme is that of the "chicks" and "pullets", as the young men and women of the time were known. The series of events portrayed seems to constitute a catalogue of everyday vices and hazards along with their fatal consequences. The artist apparently shared in the idea that the sort of trivial games and flirtations portrayed, which were deemed reprehensible in accordance with the moral standards of the day, could only end disastrously. An example of this is the brawl taking place on the left and the man who is wounded in it. In the first half of the XIX th century, it was quite common for Costumbrista paintings to adopt a moralizing attitude and, though less frequent, such moralizing continued to manifest itself in the second half of the century, as occurs in some pieces by Manuel Ocaranza. Once part of the collection of the painter, Roberto Montenegro, this work belonged to the National Promotion Department of the National Fine Arts Institute, entering the MUNAL, as part of the latter´s founding endowment, in 1982.