Artwork of the Week: July 17

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Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817–1878), Auvers, Landscape with Plough. Oil on canvas, about 1877. 18 ¼ x 32 in. Museum purchase, 2015. Part of the special exhibition From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting, on view in Gallery 18 beginning July 17, 2015.

Charles-François Daubigny (French, 1817–1878), Auvers, Landscape with Plough. Oil on canvas, about 1877. 18 ¼ x 32 in. Museum purchase, 2015. Part of the special exhibition From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting, on view in Gallery 18 beginning July 17, 2015.

Responding to 17th-century Dutch landscape paintings, Charles-François Daubigny embarked on a career as a landscape painter. He was interested in transitory light effects and developed his technique increasingly toward a spontaneous application of paint, resulting in one critic lambasting him for “heading up the school of the impression.” From 1860 Daubigny made his home at Auvers-sur-Oise, northwest of Paris. In this canvas Daubigny has painted a scene laden with nature’s fleeting aspect.The horizon line gently slopes downward to the right, dividing the painting into one half sky and one half earth. The dynamism of the turbulent clouds through which the sun appears is matched by the riot of greens and browns of the rising and descending fields.


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