Honore Daumier’s watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal, chalk, and gouache on cream wove paper piece titled “Three Lawyers Conversing” depicts three lawyers engaged in a conversation. The painting measures 12 15/16 x 9 3/4 inches and is kept at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It dates back to c.1862-65.
Daumier’s art often focused on middle-class society and manners due to his experience with French justice, which landed him in jail for sedition. “Three Lawyers Conversing” is one of many works that Daumier created featuring lawyers as a recurring theme in his work.
The artwork captures each lawyer’s individual character through their clothing and expressions. One lawyer sits calmly while smoking a cigar while another appears agitated with his hand gesture. The third lawyer is leaning forward towards the other two while listening intently.