This work by the French painter Honoré Daumier was made between 1850 and 1853, and is currently kept in the Hermitage Museumof the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.
The image is titled La Carga, although it is also known as La Lavandera. And it is that Daumier painted this type of scene on several occasions with a woman carrying the laundry and accompanied by her son. He painted up to 10 versions of this theme, and not only that, but he also dedicated some sculpture to it. And it is that Daumier stood out as an illustrator, lithographer and as a painter of the realist period, but he also made interesting sculptures such as his Ratapoil.
In the case of this series of paintings of The Load, one of its most interesting is the one preserved in the Russian museum. In all of them, any note of humor that has characterized his graphic work has disappeared. On the other hand, here the absolute protagonism are the two figures towards whom the author clearly expresses his empathy. But he shares that protagonism with the wind, a meteorological agent that gives all its tension to the painting, showing us some figures that fight against it, and are deformed as does everything around it.
Indeed, taking that effect to the extreme makes the painting look unfinished, and this was something that greatly concerned Honoré Daumier. Interestingly, one of theThe most important painters of the time, such as Eugene Delacroix, wrote in his personal diary that Daumier was very concerned about achieving a good finish in his paintings. However, Delacroix, theRomantic painterpar excellence, also left in writing his opinion on the subject and his particular advice. Because according to him ifDaumierfinished his works with the more conventional endings that people of his time were looking for, what he would actually achieve would be to spoil his works. For that reason he recommended that he not succumb to the temptations of success, because although the lack of recognition was very bitter, the truth is that the quality of his works and his art was undeniable, and that recognition would come sooner or later. And so it has been, because today, no one doubts the mastery of Honoré Daumier.