The Third Class Carriage
The Third Class Carriage, circa 1865, Honore Daumier, had drawn and painted images of rail travel since the 1840s.The painting is unfinished, and is squared for transfer.
This painting evidences Daumier's interest, as also seen in his graphic works, in the lives of working-class Parisians. Third-class railway carriages were cramped, dirty, open compartments with hard benches, filled with those who could not afford second or first-class tickets. In the bench facing the viewer are seated, from left, a woman holding her baby, an older woman with her hands clasped atop a basket, and a young boy asleep. Seated behind them are anonymous rows of women and men.