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Charles-François Daubigny

(1817 - Paris - 1878)
Oil on panel 38.9 x 67.1 cm (15.3 x 26.4 in.) Signed and dated lower right ‘1874’ 1874

To be included in the second supplement to the Catalogue Raisonné of Charles François Daubigny being prepared by Francois Delestre.

Charles-François Daubigny was a pioneer of plein-air painting who provided a bridge between the painters of the Barbizon School and the Impressionists. Using unique light effects and brushstroke, the artist wanted to convey a feeling of spontaneity and truthfulness in his work.

His experiments with colours and lights will entice impressionist artists to reflect on new subject matters and techniques.

Born into a family of painters and taught by his father Edmond François Daubigny and by his uncle, a miniaturist, Pierre Daubigny, Daubigny began painting en plein air from around 1843 when he moved to Barbizon, in the footsteps of Corot. In 1866 Daubigny visited England, returning because of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. He had met Claude Monet in London and together they left for the Netherlands. Daubigny was to provide both inspiration and support to Monet and his fellow Impressionists during their long years of struggle, a lone voice in their favour on the Salon juries of the 1860s. He later met Paul Cézanne in Auvers-sur-Oise, where a number of works were executed. His work focuses on an emotional response to the landscape, breaking away from the traditional ‘salon’ paintings depicting historical scenes and portraits.

In this particular painting, Daubigny uses light brushstrokes to depict the marvellous reflections in the water of the ponds. The contrasting and nuanced colours of the sky capture the fleeting impression of the shifting clouds, giving this painting a sense of timelessness.

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Stoppenbach & Delestre

"Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Paintings"

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