Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • Daumier represented many different classes of people in his paintings as well as in his prints. What different types of people do you see represented in this painting? What do you think their professions might be?

  • Because he was a print-maker, Daumier knew the importance of the print, especially the lithograph, to the people in Paris in the mid-nineteenth century. A lithograph is an image drawn with a greasy pencil onto a stone from which numerous prints of the drawn image can be made at a very small price. This made art affordable to many different kinds of people. The print was able to transcend social barriers and followed along with the increasingly democratic nature of French society. This painting is a small work, only about 20x26 inches. What kind of person would have bought this painting in the 1860s?

  • Follow the gaze of each figure in this painting. How many different kinds of looking are connected with this scene?

Making Connections

For Students K-12

  • Imagine yourself as a writer and a friend of Honore Daumier. The two of you are walking along the busy streets of nineteenth-century Paris. You both stop to watch people outside a print-seller's shop. Daumier responds by creating this painting. Write a short story that captures your response.