Charles-Francois Daubigny

Artist: Daubigny, Charles-Francois

Charles-Francois Daubigny
Charles-Francois Daubigny

Movement(s): Barbizon

Charles-Francois Daubigny (1817 – 1878), French, was one of the painters of the Barbizon school, and is considered an important precursor of impressionism. He was also a prolific printmaker, mostly in etching but also as one of the main artists to use the cliche verre technique.

Daubigny was born in Paris, into a family of painters and was taught the art by his father Edmond Francois Daubigny and his uncle, miniaturist Pierre Daubigny.

Initially Daubigny painted in a traditional style, but this changed after 1843 when he settled in Barbizon to work outside in nature. Even more important was his meeting with Camille Corot in 1852 in Optevoz (Isère). On his famous boat Botin, which he had turned into a studio, he painted along the Seine and Oise, often in the region around Auvers. From 1852 onward he came under the influence of Gustave Courbet.

In 1866 Daubigny visited England, eventually returning because of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870. In London he met Claude Monet, and together they left for the Netherlands. Back in Auvers, he met Paul Cezanne, another important Impressionist. It is assumed that these younger painters were influenced by Daubigny.

Daubigny died in Paris. His remains are interred at cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise (division 24).

Click here to read Daubigny’s full bio on Wikipedia.

Daubigny painted in several places in France, but mostly in Normandy, here are the places he painted in (a link “⇠” to his works will appear below when published):

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