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    Lured by the tranquil waters of riverscapes, Daubigny began to explore the river valleys outside Paris in the late 1850s from Le Botin, his floating studio. An heir to the open-air sketching tradition and an important precursor for the Impressionists, Daubigny recorded the subtle interplay of light, water, and atmosphere as the day progressed. In this image, Daubigny blends the pink hues of the waning sunset with the lavender and silver tones of the moonrise. While the painter reserves a delicacy of touch for the water birds and river grasses, he uses broader, more gestural brushwork for the changing sky.

    • Artist: Charles-François Daubigny, French, 1817-1878
    • Medium: Oil on panel
    • Place Made: France
    • Dates: 1877
    • Dimensions: 15 7/8 x 26 3/4 in. (40.3 x 67.9 cm) Frame: 27 1/2 x 39 x 5 1/2 in. (69.9 x 99.1 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Signed and dated lower right: "Daubigny 1877"
    • Collections:European Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 13.59
    • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878). Moonrise, 1877. Oil on panel, 15 7/8 x 26 3/4 in. (40.3 x 67.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband, 13.59
    • Image: overall, 13.59_cropped_glass_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    Recent Comments
    02:03 03/12/2011
    And the day ends and the moon nestles
    in the arms of the sun
    and embraces and the sun goes and the moon blushes
    and the peace and love spreads over the river;
    and the creatures are in their own
    at quiet and the gentleness
    spreads like paint in water
    and fills the trees and the reeds and the air
    and the stillness and benign silence and tranquility
    hangs like an invisible presence over all where one is:
    may your mind perceive this gentleness;
    may your heart be at peace;
    may your being be filled with that stillness and tranquility
    as I have seen this moment

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