The Past, The Present, The Future (1834) by Honore Daumier

The Past, The Present, The Future - Honore Daumier - 1834

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TitleThe Past, The Present, The Future
ArtistHonore Daumier
MediumLithograph On Heavy White Paper; First State Of Two
Dimensions21.4 x 19.6 cm

About The Past, The Present, The Future

Honore Daumier was a well-known French printmaker during the 19th century whose styles reflected those of Francisco Goya, Eugene Delacroix, and Theodore Gericault. His loose brushwork created an expressive style that is prominent in his artwork.

In 1834, Daumier painted Rue Transnonain, le 15 de Avril 1834, which portrayed the aftermath of police brutality on April 14th. This painting proves that Daumier was capable of adopting a serious tone as he allowed the haunting image to speak for itself.

During Modern rail travel’s advent, around 1864, Daumier depicted socioeconomic distinctions by illustrating first-, second-, and third-class train compartments’ experiences. He showcased his keen observations and acerbic wit through satire in shaping French satire.

Daumier is a master artist who significantly impacted French art during the early years of modernization. His works have stood the test of time and will continue to influence future artists for generations to come.

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