Jul 24, 2007

Villerville Seen from Le Ratier

Villerville Seen from Le Ratier


Charles François Daubigny

(French, 1817–1878)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 80 x 141.5 x 7.5 cm (31 1/2 x 55 11/16 x 2 15/16 in.); Unframed: 54.2 x 116.2 cm (21 5/16 x 45 3/4 in.)

Bequest of William G. Mather 1951.323

Did you know?

Daubigny turned his boat, Le Botin (Little Box), into a studio where he painted while cruising the Seine, Marne, and Oise rivers in France.


The town of Villerville on the Normandy coast appears just to the right of center in this expansive landscape by Daubigny, a pioneer of outdoor painting and a major influence on Claude Monet and the Impressionists. Daubigny introduced a new kind of natural landscape based on outdoor studies of light, water, and atmospheric conditions. Here, streaks of bright light along the horizon set off the dark masses of the rocky shore in the foreground.

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