Life of Poverty
Thackeray was born in 1811 to a British family. He attended English
boarding school, where he picked up the habits of novel-reading
and sketching. Thackeray lived in constant poverty throughout
his life, and sold sketches to support himself and his family.
In 1834, Thackeray moved to Paris, where he encountered a group
of people later known as the bohemians. Thackeray lived the life
of a bohemian, scraping by on his small income from selling his
novels and sketches.
enjoyed his life studying art and living in Paris. In
his Paris Sketchbook he writes about the lives
of painters and bohemians. This picture shows a group
of bohemian painters, all dressed in unfashionable clothes
and with wild hair and beards. Thackeray's painting gives
an idea of the sometimes humorous and carefree life of
a bohemian artist.
of the French Aristocracy
like many other bohemians, mocked the French aristocracy. However,
unlike Courbet and Millet,
Thackeray did not use subtlety in his works. Rather, he chose
to draw satirical sketches of the French aristocray to express
his feelings about the wealthy upper classes.
this sketch, titled "A Royal Banquet," Thackeray is
clearly mocking royalty and the upper classes. A fat king chockes
on his food while helpless aristocrats and other members of the
royalty sit by and watch. Only a servant is able to help the king.
All the charactes in this sketch have ridiculous expressions and
are almost cartoonish, giving the entire picture a comical air.
included his own sketches in many of his novels. Some of these
sketches were of bohemians, and Thackeray drew them firsthand.
this sketch of a bohemian does have some humorous qualities,
it is much less satirical than the above picture of the royal
banquet. This man is dressed in somewhat shabby clothes, and
is probably sitting in a Parisian cafe
pondering the meaning of life while watching the bourgeoisie