Honoré Daumier

The Third-class Carriage

c. 1863-1865
This well-known theme reflects Daumier's sympathy for the working class. The artist was caustic in his caricatures of the bourgeoisie and politicians, but here he has created a sensitive portrayal of withdrawn, impoverished, and isolated passengers. They sit in the dimly-lit carriage, absorbed in their thoughts.
Title
The Third-class Carriage
Date
c. 1863-1865
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
65.4 x 90.2 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1946
Accession number
4633