The River Seine at Mantes
Daubigny explores the coexistence of work and leisure as well as past and present in this view of Mantes, located on the Seine near Paris. While a fashionably dressed lady contemplates the placid waters of the river, the boat steaming toward the wide-arched bridge indicates the river’s function as a working waterway. Another figure in the background appears to wear the blue jacket traditionally worn by working men. Daubigny acknowledges both France’s historical past and its industrial future—a forecast of Impressionist concerns—by juxtaposing the Gothic towers and pitched roof of the town’s church with an active smokestack.
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"
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Gift of Cornelia E. and Jennie A. Donnellon
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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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