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Charles-François Daubigny – Barbizon School Painter


Portrait of Charles-François Daubigny


Charles-François Daubigny – Barbizon School Painter was not only one of the precursors of Impressionisim, but atipically, was born into a family of artists.

Instructed by his Father Edmond, and his Uncle Pierre; a celebrated miniaturist, Charles-Francois grew up in a supportive artistic environment.

Although Daubigny’s style was traditional at the beginning, with his move to Barbizon he began leaning more toward plein air painting. This direction was amplified and, no doubt, inspired further by his meeting with Camille Corot in 1852.

Another “point of difference” with Daubigny was his choice of studio. His “atelier” was a boat!  From this vessel, “Botin”, he painted along the Seine and Oise rivers.

Daubigny continued to develop his very sensitive and carefully arranged compositions, eventually coming under the influence of Gustave Corbet.

Wikipedia Continues the story of Charles-Francois Daubigny:


In 1866 Daubigny visited England, eventually returning because of theFranco-Prussian war in 1870. In London he met Claude Monet, and together they left for the Netherlands. Back in Auvers, he met Paul Cézanne, another important Impressionist. It is assumed that these younger painters were influenced by Daubigny.

Daubigny’s finest pictures were painted between 1864 and 1874, and these for the most part consist of carefully completed landscapes with trees, river and a few ducks. It has been said that when Daubigny liked his pictures he added another duck or two, so that the number of ducks often indicates greater or less artistic quality in his pictures.  One of his sayings was, “The best pictures do not sell”, as he frequently found his finest achievements little understood. Daubigny is chiefly preferred for his riverside pictures, of which he painted a great number, but although there are two large landscapes by Daubigny in the Louvre, neither is a river view. They are for that reason not so typical as many of his smaller Oise and Seine pictures.

His most ambitious canvases are Springtime (1857), in the Louvre; Borde de la Cure, Morvan (1864); Villerville sur Mer(1864); Moonlight (1865); Auvers-sur-Oise (1868); and Return of the Flock (1878). He was named by the French government as an Officer of the Legion of Honor.

Daubigny died in Paris. His followers and pupils included his son Karl (who sometimes painted so well that his works are occasionally mistaken for those of his father), Oudinot, DelpyAlbert Charpin and Pierre Emmanuel Damoye.

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