The Third Class Carriage

The Third Class Carriage is an oil painting produced between 1862 and 1864 by French painter Honore Daumier.

Honore Daumier’s paintings was influenced by rail traveling theme and painted many images on similar theme since 1840’s. During 1860s, and as of now too, third class railway carriages were for only those people who couldn’t afford first or second class tickets. These carriages were dirty and open having hard benches for sitting. On the left hand side of this painting, a woman was holding her baby on a bench, a young boy was asleep while another older woman hands were clasped onto a basket. They were seated and facing the viewer. Behind those benches were several men and women seated.

The work can be viewed at Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Artist: Honore Daumier
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Medium: Oil on Canvas
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Description

The Third Class Carriage is an oil painting produced between 1862 and 1864 by French painter Honore Daumier.

There was hardly any description available and thought to be were anonymous. Honore Daumier wanted to convey the message of impact of industrialization during the middle of the nineteenth century in Paris on the urban life. Through this painting many were attracted with the hardship and quality of life urban travelers were facing in the Third Class railways.

A second version of this painting can be viewed at National Gallery of Canada with the same title name as The Third Class Carriage. The sequence of this paintings composition was still unresolved. The dimensions of this painting The Third Class Carriage were 65.4 cm × 90.2 cm or 25.7 in × 35.5 in.

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