Lured by the tranquil waters and hidden corners of riverscapes, Daubigny began to explore the river valleys outside Paris in the late 1850s from Le Botin, his floating studio. For this scene, Daubigny selects a viewpoint in the center of the waterway, looking down a long stretch of the river and up toward the bank where herdsmen coax their cattle onto a barge. The still water and the reassuringly peaceful coexistence of man and nature made such paintings highly popular with Daubigny’s urban clientele.
- Artist: Charles-François Daubigny, French, 1817-1878
- Medium: Oil on panel
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1859
- Dimensions: 14 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. (36.2 x 65.4 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed and dated lower left: "Daubigny 1859"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 21.134
- Credit Line: Bequest of William H. Herriman
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878). River Scene, 1859. Oil on panel, 14 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. (36.2 x 65.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of William H. Herriman, 21.134
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)