The mother is in the fire of composition, the baby is in the water of the bath!, 1844

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Gift of Mrs. Charles C. Bovey, 1924expand_more  P.9,282

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The term "bluestocking" (bas-bleu in French) was used to ridicule the burgeoning feminist literary movement of the day. Daumier's series on the bluestockings portrayed these women as ugly, scornful, unhappy, and inadequate as housekeepers. These rebellious women also supposedly ignored their husbands and children while pursuing their personal ambitions. Here a bluestocking is so engrossed in her writing that she has not noticed that her child has fallen headfirst into the bath.

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Title
The mother is in the fire of composition, the baby is in the water of the bath!
Artist Life
1808-1879
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.9,282
Provenance
Sarah Bernhardt, Paris (until d. 1923; her sale, part 2, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, July 23, 1923, part of 27 albums in no. 723). [Weyhe Gallery, New York, until 1924; sold 27 albums, for $600, to Bovey for MIA]; Mrs. Charles C. Bovey, Minneapolis (1924; gave 27 albums to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
L.D.1227; H-D.691
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