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Prints and Authors in the Time of Manet

Charles-François Daubigny
French, 1817–1878

Cows at a Watering Place (Vaches à l’abreuvoir)

Glass print (cliché-verre), 1862
Gift of Ferdinand Roten, 1951.337

Charles Daubigny first worked as a picture-restorer and graphic artist. Inspired by the Barbizon landscape painters, he began to paint and draw from nature, traveling the French rivers in his floating studio-boat. His aim was to capture nature as it was, and to depict the essential richness of light. His treatment of light especially influenced the Impressionists.