Landscape in the Roman Campagna
On View: European Art Galleries, 5th floor
In this panoramic view of sky and earth, Daubigny explores the shifting patterns of light and shade that enliven the landscape as darkened clouds move across the sky. He further enhances the sensation of movement by cropping the cloud line, suggesting that the billowing masses glide beyond the picture plane and into the viewer’s space. Executed early in Daubigny’s career, this work, with its hard-edged contours and seamless surface, reveals the painter’s training in Neoclassical landscape. Later works by Daubigny on display in these galleries demonstrate his move toward the gestural handling of naturalistic landscape painting, and away from the idealization seen here.
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
16 1/8 x 33 7/8 in. (41 x 86 cm)
Frame: 21 x 40 in. (53.3 x 101.6 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Daubigny"
Healy Purchase Fund B and Gift of Miss Isabel Shults, by exchange
Prior to 1990, provenance not yet documented; by October 12, 1990, acquired by Fischer-Kiener Gallery, Paris, France; 1991, purchased from Fischer-Kiener Gallery by the Brooklyn Museum.
Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817-1878). Landscape in the Roman Campagna, 1836. Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 16 1/8 x 33 7/8 in. (41 x 86 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Healy Purchase Fund B and Gift of Miss Isabel Shults, by exchange, 1991.214 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.214_SL3.jpg)
overall, 1991.214_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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