Charles-Francois Daubigny Biography and Artwork

Charles-Francois Daubigny, born in Paris in 1817, came from a family of painters and was taught by his father and uncle. His debut in the Paris Salon took place in 1838 where he exhibited landscapes throughout his career. In 1843, he settled with his family in Barbizon to work outdoors exclusively. With an eye for natural light and strict guidelines for painting strictly from observation, Daubigny was considered an important precursor of Impressionism.

Daubigny’s work had a significant impact on the Impressionists whom he helped and encouraged throughout their careers. He met Corot in 1849, which placed increasing importance on nature’s landscape source as he increasingly began to paint outdoors from nature only after this meeting. One of the highlights of his journey has been acquiring a studio boat nicknamed ‘Le Botin’ which helped him explore rivers like Seine, Marne, and Oise.

Daubigny is a Barbizon School artist whose style tended towards realism that developed as a response to Romanticism. Focusing primarily on landscape paintings throughout his life make it clear that Nature was his biggest inspiration source along with French scenery enriched with picturesque countrysides, riversides and forest regions; all contributing to evocative compositions admired worldwide for its unique stylization representing French pastorals.

All Charles-Francois Daubigny Artwork on Artchive

Artwork Name Year Medium
Le Hameau D'optevoz c. 1857 Oil On Canvas
Les Bords De L'oise 1859 Oil On Canvas
The Flood-Gate at Optevoz 1859 Oil on Canvas
Harvest 1851 Oil on Canvas
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