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Charles-François Daubigny

European Art

Lured by the tranquil waters of river-scapes, Charles-François 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 waterbirds and river grasses, he uses broader, more gestural brushwork for the changing sky.
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
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Carll H. de Silver in memory of her husband
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Charles-François Daubigny (Paris, France, 1817–1878, Paris, France). 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 13.59_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 13.59_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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