An Apple Orchard
Daubigny devoted several canvases to apple orchards, generally favoring cheerful scenes of blossoming trees in spring rather than the melancholic palette of autumn bounty seen here. The artist deploys a familiar compositional strategy for his orchard scenes: a screen of trees in the middle ground that permits only a hint of spatial recession in the breaks between leafy branches. The full trees and vast, bird-dotted sky fill the large canvas and dwarf the figures of three apple pickers, one of whom gathers the ample harvest into her skirts.
- Artist: Charles-François Daubigny, French, 1817-1878
- Medium: Oil on glue-lined canvas
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1871-1878
- Dimensions: 51 x 64 in. (130.2 x 162.6 cm) Frame: 61 x 74 1/2 in. (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "Daubigny"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 02.252
- Credit Line: Gift of A. Augustus Healy
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878). An Apple Orchard, 1871-1878. Oil on glue-lined canvas, 51 x 64 in. (130.2 x 162.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of A. Augustus Healy, 02.252
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)