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Daydreams  1859

by Thomas Couture

Since the 16th century, a figure blowing bubbles has served as an allegory for the vice of vanity. A schoolboy slouches on a chair beside his unopened books as bubbles drift overhead. The note tucked in the broken glass reads: "Le Parasseux indigne de vivre" (the lazy one unworthy of living). The soap bubbles and the crumbling wall suggest the fleeting nature of time, and ...
H: 46 7/16 x W: 35 9/16 in. (118 x 90.3 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum