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An Apple Orchard

Charles-François Daubigny

European Art

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.
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 not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of A. Augustus Healy
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 02.252_SL1.jpg)
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