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"Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape" is a special exhibition organized by the Taft Museum of Art in partnership with the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and will travel to these two European museums after premiering at the Taft.

This audio tour has been made possible through the generosity of the docents of the Taft Museum of Art.

Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh Taft Museum of Art

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"Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape" is a special exhibition organized by the Taft Museum of Art in partnership with the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and will travel to these two European museums after premiering at the Taft.

This audio tour has been made possible through the generosity of the docents of the Taft Museum of Art.

    1. Introduction

    1. Introduction

    The exhibition "Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape" introduces Charles François Daubigny, a relatively forgotten artist from the 1800s. It explores his landscape painting and his influence on the younger generation of artists known as the French Impressionists.

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    2. Daubigny, "The Crossroads of the Eagle’s Nest," 1844

    2. Daubigny, "The Crossroads of the Eagle’s Nest," 1844

    Born in Paris in 1817, Daubigny studied Dutch landscapes in the Louvre Museum and trained with painters at the French Academy. He painted this early forest view delicately and precisely, using small brushes.

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    3. Daubigny, "The Harvest," 1851

    3. Daubigny, "The Harvest," 1851

    In about 1851, Daubigny painted this view of peasants harvesting grain in the fields just northeast of Paris. He wanted to capture the diffuse sunlight shimmering through the hazy atmosphere on a hot summer day in central France.

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    4. Daubigny, "Spring," 1857

    4. Daubigny, "Spring," 1857

    On a diagonal path alongside an orchard of flowering apple trees, a young woman rides a donkey. Behind her walk two young lovers, their heads barely visible above the fields of new grain. The scene evokes spring, with its fragrance, bursting growth, and romance. Surprisingly, this was not a common subject for painters at the time.

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    5. Daubigny, "At the Water’s Edge, Optevoz," about 1856

    5. Daubigny, "At the Water’s Edge, Optevoz," about 1856

    Daubigny traveled extensively to paint France’s many landscapes. Here, he captures the appearance of a still pond in the hills above the Rhône Valley.

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    6. Daubigny, "Ferryboat near Bonnières-sur-Seine," 1861

    6. Daubigny, "Ferryboat near Bonnières-sur-Seine," 1861

    In 1857, Daubigny bought an old ferryboat and equipped it with a cabin so that he could paint the French riverbanks from the water.

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