Vincent Van Gogh and Daumier


After Millet, Rembrandt and Delacroix, Daumier is for Vincent one of the greatest geniuses of painting. He permanently refers to him, to his “thug’s painting…”, quick… “immediately executed in the Daumier manner”.
On Arles he will write: “Yes I’m happy with my fate, it is not a superb and awesome country, it is only Daumier alive and kicking”.
“People like Daumier must be worshipped because they stand among pioneers. The merely nude figure, but modern is noble, eminent, distinguished”.