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The painting, written in the nineteenth century, refers to the phenomenon of that time - the railway. Then it was strange and new, and Daumier could not ignore this topic. Known for his time as satirical caricatures, his paintings came out bearing important topics. This picture also shows a heterogeneous crowd swaying in time with the movements of the train. Oil on canvas perfectly conveys the mean, dark colors that the artist worked with. He wanted to show people who were riding in a third-class carriage - a place where there was no need to talk about amenities.
The light from the window barely illuminates tired, exhausted faces. The wagon is packed to the eyeballs, another person would not have found a place here. The characters depicted here are used to putting up with the blows of fate, and on their faces - submission to all the possible difficulties of their difficult lives. In the foreground is a woman for whom it is completely normal to breast-feed a baby with strangers. She just doesn't care. Next to the old woman is a boy who, due to fatigue, has forgotten a heavy sleep.
Low ceilings almost put pressure on passengers, making you wonder how they will get out of public transport. Only one smile flickers across the canvas, and that smile is not full, but only its shadow. She runs over the face of a drowning boy, showing that no difficulties are in front of the world of children. And he also says that his disarming naivety is able to withstand both suffering and beggarly life. The artist prescribed this smile with special attention.
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