Charles-Francois Daubigny 1817-1878

Daubigny was born in Paris.  Daubigny was taught by this father Edme, who was a student of Jean-Victor Bertin. Daubigny was grouped with painters of the Barbizon School. He was trained to be a neoclassical landscape painter.

In  1834, Daubigny started working at the Restorer of Paintings at the Louvre.

Daubigny loved to travel through the countryside of France. While traveling, he would paint the countryside in plein air. In 1836, he traveled to Italy with his friend Henri Mignan.  In 1837, he returned to Paris and entered one of his historical landscape paintings in the Prix de Rome competition.  In 1838, he exhibited View of Notre Dame de Paris and the Ile sainte Louis at the Salon.  In 1840, he entered St Jerome in the Desert at the Salon. Daubigny entered Paul Delaroche's studio to prepare for the 1841 Prix de Rome competition.  Daubigny,  unfortunately, disqualified for the competition and spent the next three years making etchings.

In 1948, he received an inheritance and was awarded a second class medal from the Salon. During one of his trips, he met Corot in 1852. They became instant friends.

In 1857, Daubigny  bought a small  riverboat and converted it into a floating studio.  He named his boat Botin and named Corot as the honary Admiral.

In 1864, Daubigny was elected to jury the Salon.  During this period, Daubigny was very supportive to Manet, Morisot, Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley and helped them to be accepted at the Salon.

Daubigny's plein air paintings were associated with the marine painters who were based in the Normandy coastline.  He painted country scenes, forest scenes that were impressionistic in style.  He captured the transparency of the atmosphere and layered colors of the sky.

Paintings by Charles-Francois Daubigny
  • La Moisson - 1851
  • Le Hameau d'Optevoz - 1857
  • The Flood-Gate at Optevoz - 1859
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