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The River Seine at Mantes

Charles-François Daubigny

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1856
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Daubigny"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Cornelia E. and Jennie A. Donnellon
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 33.271_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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