The River Seine at Mantes
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
Charles-François Daubigny explores the coexistence of work and leisure in this view of Mantes, located on the Seine near Paris. A middleclass woman with a fishing rod approaches the river, while the boat steaming toward the bridge indicates the river’s function as a working waterway. Another figure in the background wears the blue jacket traditionally worn by rural French laborers. Juxtaposing the Gothic towers and pitched roof of the town’s church with an active smokestack, Daubigny also acknowledges France’s historical past and its industrial present.
Oil on canvas
19 1/16 x 29 3/4 in. (48.4 x 75.6 cm)
Frame: 33 1/8 x 43 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Daubigny"
Gift of Cornelia E. and Jennie A. Donnellon
Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878). The River Seine at Mantes, ca. 1856. Oil on canvas, 19 1/16 x 29 3/4 in. (48.4 x 75.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Cornelia E. and Jennie A. Donnellon, 33.271 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 33.271_SL1.jpg)
overall, 33.271_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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