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Sale 144 Lot 3

LES BUVEURS, ca. 1860
Wash, pen and ink, watercolor and conte crayon on wove paper: 8 x 9 1/2 in. (20 1/2 x 24 3/5 cm.)
The Comite Daumier confirmed the authenticity of this work. It will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonne de L'Oeuvre de Daumier by K.E. Maison, now in preparation by the Comite Daumier

Daumier painted watercolors sporadically during his imprisonment in 1832-33 and again in the 1860s. They constitute a small fraction of the approximately 800 works on paper remaining and are some of the most complex images the artist ever made. Charles Beaudelaire in the Salon of 1845 declared Daumier the equal of Ingres and Delacroix.
Les Buveurs was created between 1860 and 1864. It is of two figures, from everyday life, set against a neutral background, similar to the piece exhibited in "Daumier Drawings" by Colta Ives, Margaret Stuffmann, and Martin Sonnabend, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993, cat. No. 59. Typical of Daumier's finished oeuvres, it is constructed in layers of pen and ink, wash, watercolor and conte crayon. "The artist's careful grading of tone - may be associated with his concentration on painting at the same time and reveals the full extent to which he believed he had to labor in order to translate his native linear language into an art substantial enough to be taken seriously by collectors," Colta Ives ("Daumier Drawings").

Provenance: French Private Collection since the 19th century and by descent to the Present owner

Estimate $150,000-300,000

Sold for $125,000.00

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